By LeaAnne Klentzman
The last man wanted in connection to a string of aggravated robberies and the shooting of a Harris County deputy has turned himself in.
The book is now closed on a crime spree that started in 2007 with the arrest of 27 year old Patrick Wayne Simmons. Simmons and his crew were wanted by local, state and federal law enforcement since they first began robbing banks and credit unions inside grocery stores in 2007. According to authorities, they have been on the trail of this group for years but things intensified when off-duty Harris County Sergeant Michael Ellison exchanged gunfire with the group inside the Randall’s grocery store where they robbed the Wells Fargo Bank in August of this year. Ellison was shot multiple times and has since made a complete recovery.
According to the FBI, nine men have been charged with conspiracy to commit bank robbery and other weapons charges which also includes the bank robbery where Ellison was shot. This gang’s crime spree began on May 4, 2007 with a bank robbery and ended with the arrest of six of the nine men on September 16, 2011.
During their rein of terror the gang would case the targeted lending intuition, leave running vehicles with doors open near-by then hit in the morning hours, all across the Houston metro area. They would enter the banks terrorizing the staff and patrons with shotguns, assault-style weapons and semi-automatic pistols. According to federal authorities, the group stole more than $350,000 over all.
Others charged in the conspiracy to interfere with commerce have been identified as Marcus Rosemond Tarpley, 30; Anthony Demonde Nowlin, 22; Alonzo Horace Harris, 35; Hakim Ibn Ahmad, 29; Reginald Mosley, 35; Mark Eric Simpson, 28; Shelton McGowen, 22; and Derrick Williams, 26.
By the end of November, eight of the nine suspects were in custody leaving only Simmons on the run. During his time on the lam, Simmons was the target of a vast array of publicity from digital billboards to wanted flyers.
Last week, Simmons succumbed to the pressure and turned himself in.