Two Brown County remained jailed Tuesday in connection with the armed robbery of a bar customer that occurred just after midnight Monday. The robbery occurred in the parking lot after the bar had closed, Brownwood police said.
Eric Jones, 36, of Early, was booked on a charge of aggravated robbery and two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and Jones' bonds total $90,000, Brown County Jail records state.
Jeffrey Schafer, 22, of Brownwood, was booked on a charge of aggravated robbery and one charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Scahfer's bonds total $60,000, jail records state.
According to a report by Brownwood officer Jesse Mares:
Mares was dispatched to the Oasis, 1070 W. Commerce, at 12:19 a.m. Monday on a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. Mares met with a customer outside who told him two men — one with a handgun — had robbed him of $40. The customer told Mares the two had arrived in a pickup and had been kicked out of the bar because they had been bringing in beers from outside. A third person had also been in the pickup, Mares was told.
After the bar closed, the customer said, he and several other bar customers went next door for an after-hours party, and the two men showed up in their pickup. The homeowner walked up to their pickup and told them they were not wanted there. One of the men in the pickup asked the homeowner "what are you going to do about it?" The man pulled a handgun from the pickup's center console and pointed it at the homeowner, who ducked down and ran.
The men backed out of the driveway and turned into the Oasis parking lot. The customer who ended up getting robbed told Mares he walked to the Oasis parking lot to move his own pickup, as he feared the two men would damage it out of anger.
The men drove up to the customer's pickup and one of the men pulled out a handgun, placed it on the center console of the suspects' pickup and told the customer, "you know what this is. Give me your (expletive) money." The customer told Mares he had been shot previously and it hurt, and when he saw the gun he feared for his life.
The customer pulled a pair of twenty-dollar bills from his pocket and handed it to the man.
While Mares was at the Oasis, dispatch radioed that two men — one with a gun — were at a home in the 1500 block of Belle Plain. A woman at the home told dispatch that a man was in the back yard pointing the gun at her boyfriend.
Mares drove to the home, and deputy John Harper had the suspect identified as Jones on the ground at gunpoint. The second suspect, identified as Schafer, was found in the home. Both suspects were driven to the Oasis, where witnesses identified them as the alleged robbers and identified Jones as the man who allegedly had the gun.
Schafer said he wished to speak with Mares. Schafer said no robbery had occurred and that he had never seen Jones with a gun or known of him to have one. Schafer told Mares that the altercation between Jones and the other man at the Belle Plain home had occurred because Jones had tried to kiss the man's girlfriend.