HCSO deputies capture Campbell robbery suspects

Hopkins County officers ‘did a fantastic job,’ chief deputy says

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov 30, 2007 - Hopkins County sheriff’s deputies are credited with catching a man and woman alleged to have robbed a Campbell gas station just before midnight.

�The deputies in Hopkins County did a fantastic job,� Robert White, chief deputy for Hunt County Sheriff�s Office, said just before noon today.

Thomas Charles Jones, 41, and Candice N. Hillard, 37, who indicated they reside in Lewisville, Ark., were arraigned just after 11 a.m. Friday for aggravated robbery, with bond set at $100,000 each.

The robbery was reported about 11:30 p.m. Thursday to Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.

According to White, an African American man and woman entered the Campbell store at that time, located near Interstate 30 at State Highway 50. The man reportedly was holding a knife in his hand when he assaulted the clerk, who was hit in the eye, causing bleeding, White said. The pair obtained money before fleeing the store.

The man and woman were seen headed toward I-30 in a sport utility vehicle which a witness said bore a license plate that contained the numbers "054." Hunt County sheriff’s dispatchers notified deputies there, as well as Hopkins County deputies, to be on the lookout for the SUV and robbery suspects.The information was broadcast to Hopkins County deputies a few minutes before midnight.

�About 10 minutes later, Hopkins County Sheriff�s Cpl. Eddie Moon and Deputy Aaron Hanna advised dispatchers they had what they believed to be suspects' vehicle stopped on Interstate 30 about five miles east of Sulphur Springs.

Moon and Hanna took both occupants, who produced identification listing both Arkansas and California addresses, into custody, according to Hopkins County sheriff’s reports.

The suspects were transported to Hopkins County jail until Hunt County deputies could arrive to take custody of them in the early morning hours Friday.

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