Weatherford Democrat

Local News

August 22, 2012

Walgreens robber pleads guilty

WEATHERFORD —  

One of three men accused of robbing Walgreens at gunpoint last year before leading police on a pursuit pleaded guilty Friday and received a 25-year sentence. 

Janarious Jerod Gipson, 20, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty late Friday to an aggravated robbery charge and 415th District Judge Graham Quisenberry sentenced him to 25 years in prison. 

Gipson and Isiah Demarcus Roberts, along with a then-16-year-old male, were charged with robbing the South Main Street pharmacy at gunpoint early on the morning of Aug. 22, 2011, taking cash and medication.

According to police, employees said two men entered the store brandishing a handgun and demanded prescription drugs from the pharmacy.

An undetermined amount of cash was also reportedly taken from a safe and a front register, according to police.

A witness, Richard Bovio, told the Democrat that he went in the store for cigarettes around 4:30 a.m. and waited because there was no employee at the counter when two men came running around the corner.  

The men were dressed in long sleeves, ball caps and were wearing white masks. One carried a bag of pills while the other had a bag of money. 

The men ran toward the door, but one man dropped the bag of money and tried to pick it up as the other man yelled at him to leave it and come on, according to Bovio.

The man ended up leaving rolls of change and a $10 bill by the door, he said.

The men fled in a vehicle, leading police in a short pursuit to a neighborhood off Clear Lake Road before they left the damaged vehicle on foot, police reported.

Police said they believed the car’s axle broke, possibly when it took a curve or bottomed out while traveling at a high rate of speed. 

A large amount of cash, several bottles of promethazine hydrochloride codeine phosphate and a handgun believed to have been used in the robbery were recovered during a search of the suspect vehicle, police reported.

After several sightings by neighbors in the subdivision and an intense manhunt lasting for several hours, all three were located and arrested.

Because Quisenberry found that Gipson used or exhibited a firearm during the robbery, Gipson will have to serve a minimum of 12 and a half years before he becomes eligible for parole review, Assistant District Attorney Robert DuBoise said. 

A trial is scheduled for Sept. 17 for the other two defendants.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Springtown man gets 37-year sentence

    A Parker County jury Thursday convicted a Springtown man of continuous sexual abuse of a young child, giving him a 37-year prison sentence. 

    April 23, 2014

  • District XI Retired Teachers President Jo Ann Smith with Louretta Evans.JPG Parker County Retired Teachers conduct auction

    Professional auctioneer Randall McDaniel conducted his fourth annual PCRTA auction of items donated by members on April 1. Several paddle wars transpired for popular items. Additionally, members participated in a silent auction, a first for the group. A total of $1,400 from the auction was contributed to the PCRTA’s operating fund. McDaniel is a 1986 graduate of Weatherford High School. The auction was sponsored by the Community Service Committee, chaired by Barbara Rothrock.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Grand jury indictments for April returned

    A Parker County grand jury on Thursday indicted a man accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home and threatening him with a BB gun before engaging in a brief standoff with deputies.

    April 19, 2014

  • eagle scout 2.jpg Weatherford freshman takes eagle project to vietnam museum

    As part of his Eagle Scout project, Andrew McNay traveled to the National Vietnam War Museum April 12 to build a steel foot bride to be positioned in the meditation garden of the museum.

    April 19, 2014 4 Photos

  • 0420 loc wumo.jpg WuMo comic strip coming to the WD

    Beginning May 1, the Weatherford Democrat will introduce a new comic strip – WuMo.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Event center hosts barn-raising

    Many businesses boast old-fashioned country charm, but one Weatherford event center is bringing back old farm traditions to assemble the newest addition to its property: a 19th century barn. 

    April 18, 2014

  • David May named Mineral Wells Index general manager-editor

    Weatherford Democrat Editor David May has been named general manager-editor for the Mineral Wells Index.

    April 18, 2014

  • Pair charged with assaulting kids

    Two Weatherford teens were arrested last week on charges of chasing down two bicycle-riding children in a car and assaulting them in a church parking lot, where the encounter was recorded.

    April 17, 2014

  • easter basket.jpg Easter egg hunt times, locations

    Following is information provided to the WD on four local Easter egg hunts and celebrations planned for Friday and Saturday:

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 2014 ACSI High School District Art Show Winners.jpg Weatherford Christian announces ACSI Art Show winners

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers