By LeaAnne Klentzman
In a trial that ended last Tuesday with sentencing completed by Friday, former bank robbing, getaway driving, cops shooting, Larrlyon Deshun Williams has now been a part of the Fort Bend justice system.
It all began on Saturday morning, May 22, 2010 when Larrlyon Williams drove his cohort Moufak Kazzaz to the Bank of America near the corner of US 59 and Texas 99/The Grand Parkway. As the robbery unfolded Kazzaz went into the bank robbed it at gunpoint sporting a disguise.
During the robbery Kazza told bank employees, while holding them at gunpoint that if they set off any alarms he would shoot them. Witnesses were able to tell 911 operators that the robber, later identified as Moufak Kazzaz left the parking lot in a white van. The investigation revealed that Williams was driving the getaway van and hid behind a nearby business while waiting for Kazzaz to rob the bank.
Shortly after the radio broadcast of the bank robbery and the description of the getaway van, Fort Bend Sheriff’s deputy Charlie Scott spotted the van. He attempted a traffic stop on the van, but as soon as the van stopped, the back doors flew open and Kazzaz shot 15 times at deputy Scott with an AK-47 assault rifle reports revealed. Scott dove for the protection of the engine block of his car but sustained both head and arm injuries.
Although critically injured, Deputy Scott was able to get out of his patrol car and make sure responding officers knew the van’s direction of travel before he was life-flighted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
As Deputy Charlie Scott was headed to Houston for life saving medical attention, the chase of Williams and Kazza was still going strong, winding its way through east Fort Bend County, Sugar Land and through the little slips of neighborhoods along the boundary between Fort Bend and Harris counties. As the gunfire exchange traveled along West Belfort, Arwen McGaw was traveling with her family when a stray bullet traveled through her vehicle and entered her abdomen. She too was taken to Memorial Hermann where she underwent a surgery and successfully recovered from her injuries.
The rolling gun battle came to an end when Williams turned onto Dargail, a dead end street right on the border of Fort Bend County and Harris County. When Williams and Kazzaz were cornered in their white van in the Dargail cul-de-sac, Kazzaz continued to shoot out the back door with his assault rifle and pistols until he was killed by return gunfire from several deputies. Williams gave up after Kazzaz was killed and turned himself over to authorities.
During the search of the van, officers found three handguns, approximately $77,000 taken in the bank robbery, a bag full of disguises, and six magazines containing over 100 additional bullets and the AK-47 assault rifle. The ensuing investigation by the FBI and local law enforcement revealed that Mouafak Kazzaz was wanted in over 30 bank robberies across Texas.
Larrlyon Deshun Williams was convicted of Aggravated Assault of a Public Servant, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Aggravated Robbery on January 22, 2013. He was then sentenced to two sentences of 45 years each and 30 years. While Larrlyon Deshun Williams hails from Tennessee, he will be spending the better part of the rest of his life in Texas.