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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Houston Man Sentenced in Humble Bank Robbery

HOUSTON – The final defendant convicted in the March 2015 robbery of the Shell Federal Credit Union on Wilson Road in Humble has been ordered to federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Derrick Devon Malone, 24, of Houston, was one of four members of a bank robbery gang who pleaded guilty for their roles in the crime.

Today, U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett ordered Malone to serve a total of 164 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. Christopher Parker, 28, Shaterrika Monique West-Malone, 26, and Crystal Gail McCain-Sims, 25, all also of Houston, were previously sentenced to respective prison terms of 200, 142 and 108 months of imprisonment.

On March 19, 2015, West-Malone entered the bank shortly before the robbery to determine whether there was a security guard in the premises. Malone and Parker then entered the bank at approximately 11:00 a.m. During their entry, Malone, who was armed with a pistol, injured a departing bank customer by throwing her back inside the bank onto the floor.

At that time, Parker approached the new customers desk and confronted a bank employee and two customers who were sitting opposite her. He yelled at the employee, “Give me the money [expletive].” He then grabbed a customer’s cash and identification cards from the counter and jumped onto the tellers’ counter to join Malone, who was pointing his pistol at the heads and bodies of the tellers. Malone screamed at the tellers - “Hurry we will shoot you [expletive], give me the money [expletive], give me the money [expletive], all the money [expletive].”

Parker also shouted, “We want money, I’ll shoot you.” After seizing the cash from the bank and from a customer, Malone and Parker ran out the door, climbed into the vehicle of McCain-Sims, who was the getaway driver and fled the scene together with the accomplices.

Malone and Parker were captured shortly thereafter the robbery. West-Malone was arrested that afternoon because an alert deputy had seen her leave the getaway vehicle and enter her apartment. McCain-Sims was arrested later after law enforcement identified her as the owner of the getaway vehicle.

Customers and employees inside the credit union positively identified the two men. All four defendants eventually pleaded guilty.

The charges and convictions were the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force to include the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Kusin is prosecuting the case.

Topic: 
Violent Crimes
Updated January 7, 2016