Receipt for toy gun leads to armed robbery indictment

BEAUMONT - A receipt for a toy guy gun lead to the arrest and indictment of a Beaumont man for an aggravated robbery that happened in March.

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Corbin Dominique Branch, 19, of Beaumont, Wednesday on a felony charge of aggravated robbery.

Branch is accused of robbing a Beaumont woman and her boyfriend at gunpoint after luring them to a Beaumont address under the guise of selling a car according to the indictment.

Police were dispatched to  an address in the 1000 block of Park Meadow Drive just before 7:45 p.m. on March 1, 2017, for a report of a robbery in progress according to the indictment.

When officers arrived the victims, Cheyanne Jones and her boyfriend, Julian Figueroa, told them that they had been robbed by two men according to the indictment.

The couple told officers that they had contacted someone earlier in the day via Facebook messenger about buying a car and made arrangements to meet to make the purchase.

A few minutes after they arrived Branch approached them and said he was the one selling the car and asked Figueroa if he had the money for the car.

Figueroa told Branch the money was in his car at which point Branch pulled a black handgun, pointed it at Figueroa and motioned for another man who had been behind a nearby bush with a long gun to intervene.

While the second man pointed the gun at Figueroa's back, Branch approached Jones, pointed the handgun at her and took $2900 in cash from her.

Both men fled down a nearby alley after robing the couple.

When officers searched the alley they found a empty plastic packaging for a toy Smith and Wesson handgun that matched the description of the gun used by Branch according to the indictment.

Officers also found a receipt for the purchase of the toy gun from Academy time stamped for about three hours prior to the robbery.

Investigators later obtained surveillance video from the store and were able to identify Branch in the video according to the indictment.

Branch refused to come speak to police when investigators contacted him by phone and he later fled the city after investigators contacted his mother in an effort to get him to speak to them.

When investigators made contact with Branch a second time he claimed no one would be able to pick him out of a photo lineup so there was no reason for him to talk to police the indictment said.

Investigators then obtained a search warrant for Branch's cell phone records and an analysis of the phone records along with GPS data showed that Branch was in the area of the robbery both prior to and after the robbery was reported.

A warrant was sworn for Branch's arrest on June 2, 2017.

© 2017 KBMT-TV


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