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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Houston Men Charged in Attempted Heist of Armored Car

HOUSTON – A total of four men have been taken into custody and charged in relation to the attempted robbery of an armored car at an Amegy Bank today in Houston, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

The Houston Police Department (HPD) conducted a law enforcement operation today that resulted in the arrest of Marc Anthony Hill, 46, Trayvees Duncan-Bush, 29, and Nelson Alexander Polk, 37. A fourth man - John Edward Scott, 40 – fled, but was later apprehended. They are expected to make their initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dena Palermo tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

The federal criminal complaint filed today alleges the men conspired for weeks and planned the robbery of the armored car that was scheduled to service the Amegy Bank located at 400 North Sam Houston Tollway East in Houston. The defendants also allegedly planned an attempted murder of the armored car courier. 

With the exception of Scott, all were taken into custody at the location. During the enforcement action, another suspect fired at officers as they attempted his arrest. He was shot and later died as a result of his injuries.

The defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit interference with commerce by robbery and aiding and abetting the use of a firearm during a crime of violence. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in federal prison for the robbery and a mandatory minimum five-year-term of imprisonment for the firearm charge.

The FBI and HPD conducted the investigation with assistance by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard Hanes and Heather Winter are prosecuting the case.

A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.

A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

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Updated December 8, 2016