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Groves police arrest two men in connection with four robberies

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Odis Sparks (Left,) and Earnest Wilson (Right.)  Photos: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Odis Sparks (Left,) and Earnest Wilson (Right.) Photos: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Groves police have arrested two men they say are behind four aggravated robberies that happened within a 16-minute span Thursday morning.

Police say the first robbery happened at the Fast Lane store located at 3911 Highway 366 in Groves.  The second store robbery happened at 11:27 at the B&B #2 located at 3301 Cleveland in Groves.

The clerks in both store robberies said two men came into the store wearing masks to conceal their identity.   One of the robbers was armed with a handgun and pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money while the other suspect went around the counter and took cash from the register. They robbers also took cash from at least two customers.

A clerk was able to give police a description of the vehicle used by the robbers.   A few minutes later, an officer spotted the vehicle fleeing the area and initiated a pursuit.  After chasing the robbers for several blocks, both men jumped out of the vehicle while it was still in motion and fled on foot.

After a brief foot pursuit, both men were arrested.

Both men have been charged in connection with robbery of the stores and of the customers.  Police identify the men as Ernest Wilson, 30,  and Odis Sparks, 25, both of Port Arthur.  Both men are held on $1 million bond each.

Investigators are still interviewing witnesses and ask anyone with additional information to call the Groves Police Department at 409-962-0244.  

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