3 Houston men accused in man’s killing during drug stash house robbery

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HOUSTON – Federal authorities arrested three Houston men Thursday who are facing possible federal firearms charges.

Charles Dawson, 42, Damon Randolph, 47, and Kiyon Marshal, 40, are expected to make their initial appearances in federal court Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sam Sheldon. They’re accused of using a weapon resulting in death, carjacking, robbery and other felonies, according to acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Curtis Sandel, 36, is also charged. Federal authorities said via a news release that he is already in custody and expected to be transferred to federal authorities to also make his initial appearance.

Daniel Prince, 39, is considered a fugitive, and a warrant remains outstanding for his arrest.

Daniel Prince, 39, is considered a fugitive and a warrant remains outstanding for his arrest, according to federal authorities. (United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas)

The men are accused of committing a robbery. During the crime, authorities said they shot and killed the victim and stole money and cocaine from a local warehouse. They are charged with robbery, conspiracy to distribute narcotics and discharging a firearm resulting in death. They all now face up to life in prison, if convicted.

Other violent cases federal and local law enforcement are working

These men are now among several others who are charged with committing violent crimes in the Houston area.

Lowery joined several other leaders from federal and local law enforcement agencies to discuss the problem. The problem stretches across the entire Houston area, not in just one neighborhood or area, according to Lowery.

Also highlighted Thursday, was a violent carjacking case recently indicted in federal court. Iveon Gillaspie, 21, allegedly committed a violent carjacking on Oct. 16, 2019. He was originally charged in state court and later allegedly committed another violent crime. A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment, charging him with carjacking and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. He now faces up to life in federal prison.

“They’re all looking at up to life in prison because they discharged a firearm during a robbery in a drug trafficking offense,” Lowery said.

Earnest Taylor, 27, is a convicted felon. As such, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm. However, on Aug. 24, he fired shots from such a weapon at IRS agents who were attempting to serve a summons for aggravated identity theft. He is charged with illegally possessing the firearm and assault of a federal officer. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Two more Houston men - Frederick Crouts, 19, and Donvonte Wallace, 24 - are charged with robbing what should be safe places in June. They allegedly robbed a Subway and a Family Dollar, brandishing a firearm during the crimes. They face 20 years as well as an additional minimum of seven years for the firearms charges.

“In today’s world, the threats we face are too diverse, too dangerous, and too all-encompassing for any of us to tackle alone,” said Ted Docks, FBI Asst. Special Agent in Charge.

Other people are also charged with unlawfully possessing firearms, such as Sergio Cabrera, 28, and Jordan Allen, 29. They face up to 10 years in federal prison, upon conviction.

The FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Houston Police Department; Harris County District Attorney’s Office; Harris County Sheriff’s Office; Houston Independent School District Police Department; Treasure Inspector General for Tax Administration; and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are all assisting in the various cases.

“We’re working the cases, sometimes it may take longer. We try as best we can to get violent criminals off the street. It may be we don’t have enough information at that time to prove that the person did the offense, but when we do, we’re working toward moving them to the indictment as quick as possible,” Lowery said.

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