Man indicted for multiple identity theft offenses

Ernest Mixon

A Parker County grand jury indicted Ernest John Mixon, 23, on four counts of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, also referred to as identity theft, on Feb. 20.

On Dec. 23, 2019, a Parker County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a residence in Springtown in reference to a burglary, according to the probable cause affidavit. The victim told the deputy that while he was in the hospital, he received a phone call from the credit card company asking if he was aware of recent charges made. The charges, which were made in the Azle area, totaled more than $1,000.

A video was obtained from one of the locations where the card was used and Mixon was identified as the suspect.

Another incident occurred in Springtown on Dec. 31, when a resident reported that her vehicle was burglarized at her home, according to the affidavit. The woman reported to a Parker County Sheriff’s Office deputy that her leather bag, which contained credit cards, a checkbook, prescription medication and keys, was stolen. The victim reported that one of her credit cards was used at several locations between Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, totaling close to $900 in purchases.

Mixon was identified through surveillance footage obtained by the deputy, according to the affidavit. It was discovered that Mixon already had a warrant out for a similar case.

On Jan. 3, a PCSO deputy was dispatched to a residence in Boyd in reference to a burglary. The victim reported that three bank cards were stolen from her husband’s vehicle, which was unlocked, according to the affidavit.

“She watched her surveillance footage which showed an unknown person opening her husband’s truck and looking around inside it. She also had a video of a thin male running across her front yard around the same time,” according to the affidavit. “Due to other ongoing investigations, the defendant had already been identified committing the same style of offense, approximately two weeks prior, a short distance from this address.”

A similar report also came in on Jan. 3 from Boyd residents that said items — wallets containing credit cards — were stolen from their unlocked vehicles. Another surveillance video revealed that Mixon was once again the offender.

In all the cases, Mixon used or attempted to use the stolen credit cards.

“Mr. Mixon is charged in four indictments with four separate offenses of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, more commonly referred to as identity theft. Each of those indictments is charged in such a way that, if convicted, Mr. Mixon would be facing a sentence of two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine,” Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said. “These cases were assigned to the 415th District Court, Judge Graham Quisenberry presiding. We already have two other identity theft indictments pending against Mr. Mixon as well as five burglary of habitation indictments. Mr. Mixon is currently in the Tarrant County Jail where he appears to have several credit or debit card abuse cases and a burglary of a vehicle case pending.”

Mixon was arrested and booked into the Tarrant County Jail on Jan. 16 and is being held on a combined bond of $8,500.

Others indicted on Feb. 20 include:

• Julie Leann Buxton, credit or debit care abuse of an elderly person.

• Mitchell Adam Cardenas, driving while intoxicated, third or more.

• Brandon Michael Cole, assault of family/household member with previous conviction.

• Nicki Lyn Dillard, burglary of habitation.

• Devon Harrell, evading arrest detention with vehicle.

• Dennis Lee Kline, evading arrest detention with vehicle.

• Ethan Scott Miller, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram, in a drug free zone.

• Bryan Yovani Rodriguez, fraud use/possession of identifying information, less than five items, and theft of property, more than $2,500, less than $30,000.

• Marco Antonio Sandoval, driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 15.

• Stephanie Dawn Shaw, theft of property, less than $2,500, with two or more previous convictions.

• Joplin Dewight Spriggs, theft of property, less than $2,500, with two or more previous convictions.

• Michael Earl Keller, burglary of habitation.

• Christina Ann Parish, unlicensed possession of a firearm by a felon.

• Popatlal Manilal Patel, continuous violence against the family and assault of family/household member by impeding breath/circulation.

• Terrie Alan Wallace, theft of property, less than $2,500, with two or more previous convictions.

• Tabitha Suzette Bruce, fraud use/possession of identifying information, less than five items.

• Ryan Nathaniel Esskew, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Michael Giles Gillespie, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Gavin Tate Gooden-Finstead, theft of property, less than $2,500, with two or more previous convictions.

• Everett Alan Hallum, forgery of government/financial instrument, money or security, and fraud use/possession of identifying information, less than five items.

• Shane Alexander Hilburn, assault of family/household member by impeding breath/circulation and assault of family/household member with previous conviction. 

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