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Two sentenced for robbing multiple commercial businesses at gunpoint

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

HOUSTON – Two men have been ordered to prison for robbery and brandishing a firearm during crime sprees in two separate, unrelated, but similar cases, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani. 

Angel Servellon, 30, El Salvador, pleaded guilty Aug. 10, 2023, while DaVonte Williams, 29, Houston, entered his plea Aug. 29, 2023.

U.S. District Judge Alfred Bennett has now ordered Servellon to serve 24 months for the three robberies as well as an additional 168 months for the firearm charges which must be served consecutively. The total 233-month-term will be followed by three years of supervised release. In imposing the sentence, the court noted the fact Servellon would be removed from the United States.

In a separate, but similar case sentenced Jan. 17, U.S. District Judge Gray Miller imposed a 151-term of imprisonment for Williams for two robberies. He also received an additional 84 months for the firearm charge which must be served consecutively for a total of 235 months. The total 235-month sentence will also be followed by three years of supervised release.

“Although these men went on different crime sprees, targeting a drug store, convenience store and gas station, and while both were sentenced by different judges, the result was essentially the same - almost 20 years in prison,” said Hamdani. “As the son of an immigrant who donned a convenience store uniform every night at the conclusion of his morning shift as a taxi driver, I am hopeful that sentences like these will deter future gun toting would-be criminals and keep safe the clerks who work, often by the hour and late into night, serving our communities in stores large and small.”

On Feb. 16, 2020, Servellon walked into a Village Food Store located on Chimney Rock. He went behind the counter, pointed a firearm at a cashier and ordered her to open the register and give him the money. The clerk, fearing for her life, complied, and Servellon soon fled.

Less than two weeks later, he jumped the counter at an Exxon gas station on Fondren, pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded all the money from the register. His crime spree continued to March 3, 2020, when went to another Exxon, again pulled out a firearm and demanded cash from the cashier. After he fled with the money, law enforcement witnessed him pull into an apartment complex, exit the vehicle and attempt to run. However, authorities quickly caught him and found a firearm magazine in his pocket. An additional search of the area led to the discovery of a semi-automatic handgun Servellon had thrown in the bushes of the apartment complex. It matched the firearm brandished during the robberies.

In a separate case, Williams commenced his string of robberies Jan. 12, 2022, at an Exxon gas station located on the Eastex freeway which continued the same night at a CVS located on Tidwell. During his robberies, Williams would enter the commercial businesses and brandish a firearm at the employees, demanding money from the registers.  

Law enforcement had been searching for a specific vehicle after the Exxon robbery and saw a similar one leaving the CVS at a high rate of speed. They attempted to stop it, but the driver, later identified as Williams, accelerated and failed obey traffic laws.

The investigation led to Williams’ car and vehicle. At the time of his arrest, authorities recovered a firearm that matched the one used during both robberies. Williams also matched the person seen on the surveillance video, including having a distinct limp.

Both men will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Crime Gun Strike Force and the Houston Police Department handled both investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Stotts prosecuted the cases.

Updated January 19, 2024

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