Three Men Indicted for Bank Robbery Inside Gallery Furniture
HOUSTON – Three men are expected to make their appearances in federal court for aiding and abetting bank robbery and aiding and abetting brandishing a firearm in relation to robbing the Woodforest National Bank, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Originally charged by criminal complaint, a federal grand jury returned the two- count indictment Aug. 28, 2019, against Thaddeaues Williams, 21, Andre Palmer-Gilliams, 28, and Tydreic Sublet, 19, all of Houston. They are set to appear for their arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dena Palermo today at 10:00.
The charges allege Williams jumped the counter of the bank and took an unspecified amount of money. Palmer-Gilliams allegedly entered the Woodforest National Bank while brandishing a firearm and stole money from a customer who was using the ATM inside the bank. Sublet entered the bank, while also brandishing a firearm, pointing it at customers and tellers, according to the allegations. Sublet also allegedly disarmed the security guard and took his firearm before the three men exited the bank.
The security guard was able to get a make, model and first letter of the license plate of the get-away vehicle, and officers were quickly able to locate it, according to the charges. Officers commanded them to stop but Sublet, the driver, allegedly refused and a chase ensued. The charges allege the vehicle ultimately crashed into a ditch, at which time the three men proceeded to run on foot. Authorities caught them and located four firearms - one of which belonged to the security guard - and the money allegedly stolen from the bank, according to the allegations.
The Houston Police Department and FBI Violent Crime Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Stotts is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.