Weatherford Democrat

May 11, 2013

Arrests made in burglary-turned-robbery


Weatherford Democrat

— From Staff Reports

Parker County Sheriff’s deputies, investigators and Weatherford-Parker County Fugitive Apprehensive Strike Team members, along with U.S. Marshals, were called Saturday morning after a burglar alarm call led to a burglary and aggravated robbery case.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the incident began at 7 a.m. Saturday when a neighbor checked on a residential burglar alarm in the 7000 block of Tucker Road in a Parker County portion of Azle.

The neighbor encountered a pair of suspects attempting to escape the property. The two suspects fled in stolen vehicles filled with stolen property from the residence and ran into the neighbor, identified as a 63-year-old male. The neighbor attempted to block the path of the male and female suspects.

The male suspect managed to pass the neighbor, fleeing the scene in a stolen 2008 Mercedes, belonging to the homeowners, officials said. The neighbor then reportedly used his vehicle to block the female suspect, who was a 2007 Ford Expedition reported stolen out of Fort Worth.

The neighbor reported the female suspect intentionally rammed his new 2013 GMC pickup truck with the stolen Expedition, causing several thousand dollars' worth of damage. Deputies reportedly arrived to find the female suspect injured from the crash and the stolen Expedition resting in a ditch.

Paramedics were called to the scene and the female suspect was taken to an Azle hospital for treatment, but was later released. Sheriff’s investigators and FAST members conducted an extensive investigation, discovering the male suspect’s identification and location.

Sheriff’s investigators identified the suspects as Sonya Ann Grams-Downs, 27, of Fort Worth, and Andrew Loyd Grams, 28, of Springtown. Sheriff’s investigators obtained warrants for the arrests of the suspects in connection with the case. Both suspects were apprehended several hours later in Fort Worth. FAST members detained them at a hotel parking lot off of Interstate 35, north of Fort Worth.

Sheriff’s investigators said Grams and Grams-Downs had checked out of the hotel and were located in a Chevrolet pickup in the parking lot of the hotel, attempting to leave. The case is still ongoing. Bond had not been set for either suspect as of early Saturday evening. Grams was booked into the Parker County Jail and charged with burglary of a habitation. Grams-Downs was also booked into the Parker County Jail and was charged with aggravated robbery.

Both have histories of arrests in Parker County. Grams-Downs has previously been charged on theft of property and traffic charges going back to 2010 while Grams has a string of arrests going back to 2002 on charges including family violence assault, theft, revocation of parole and evading arrest.

The Mercedes was recovered in Azle, abandoned in a church parking lot with the stolen property still inside. The Expedition was recovered at the scene with the stolen property inside the vehicle. It sustained extensive damage to the front end.

Sheriff Fowler said the successful apprehension of the suspects was due to the quick response of FAST members, U.S. Marshals, Sheriff’s deputies and investigators.

“This case could have turned out much differently,” Fowler said. “The investigative measures of our officers and deputies are to be commended. They teamed together to make a positive outcome with the arrests of the suspects involved.”