Sugar Land bank robber convicted
Published 12:04 pm, Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A 27-year-old Tennessee man has been convicted for his role in a bank robbery that led to a shoot out and the theft of about $77,000 more than two years ago with police in the Sugar Land area.
Larrlyon Deshun Williams was convicted on Jan. 22 of aggravated assault of a public servant, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated robbery, according to the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office. The jury sentenced him to 45 years on each of the aggravated assault convictions and 30 years on the robbery conviction. The sentences will run concurrently.
According to prosecutors, Williams drove his accomplice, Moufak Kazzaz, to the Bank of America at 17550 Grand Parkway in Sugar Land on May 22, 2010.
Kazzaz, wearing a disguise and carrying a gun, walked into the bank. He ordered employees to give him money and warned them not to set off any alarms or he would shoot them.
Prosecutors said Williams parked a van behind a nearby store to wait for Kazzaz to come out of the bank. Witnesses reported seeing Kazzaz get into a white van and drive away.
Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office Deputy Charlie Scott shortly later spotted the van. He pulled the vehicle over, prosecutors said, but as soon as it stopped, the back doors flung open and Kazzaz opened fire at Scott with an AK-47 assault rifle. He fired 15 shots and Scott was wounded in the head and arm. He survived his wounds.
Then the van sped away. Prosecutors said when other deputies spotted the van parked on a dead-end road a short distance away, Kazzaz opened fire on them and the van sped away again.
As Kazzaz continued to shoot, deputies chased the van. One of the gunshots shattered a squad car's windshield. Another shot wounded a woman who was driving nearby with her children. The woman was later rushed to a nearby hospital and she survived her wounds, prosecutors said.
During the chase, prosecutors said, the van turned onto a dead-end road. Williams made a U-turn, smashed into a fence and then rammed a deputy's patrol car. The collision disabled the van, but Kazaza continued to shoot at the deputies, who returned fire.
Moments later, the gunfire stopped and Williams emerged from the van with his hands in the air to surrender. He told deputies Kazzaz had been shot and was inside the van dead.
In the van, deputies also found three handguns, about $77,000 stolen from the bank, a bag of disguises, six magazines containing more than 100 bullets and an AK-47 assault rifle.
Investigators later determined Kazzaz had been wanted in more than 30 bank robberies throughout the state.