5 charged in armored vehicle robberies

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HOUSTON - Five men have been charged in connection with two armored vehicle robberies in the Houston area.

Walter Keltric Freeman, 23, Chad Eric Haywood, 23, Henderick Dewayne Lynn, 29, Allen Moore Jr., 45, and  Corinthian Phillips, 27, have been charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery.

According to court records, Lynn, Haywood and Moore tried to rob a Loomis armored truck at the Bank of America in the 3700 block of Old Spanish Trail on Aug. 7, 2009. The group shot a guard in the head, investigators said. The guard survived.

On Nov. 21, 2009, Lynn, Freeman and Haywood robbed a Loomis armored car outside a check-cashing store in the 5900 block of South Gessner, detectives said. The guard was also shot during that attack. He survived. Phillips drove another vehicle to the robbery to assist Lynn, Freeman and Haywood, investigators said.

If convicted of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, each could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Freeman and Moore have also been charged with discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. If convicted, they could face an additional 10 years in prison. Haywood has also been charged with brandishing a weapon during the commission of a second crime of violence. If convicted, he could also face and additional 25 years in prison.

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