More Details Emerge, and Another Suspect Arrested in Connection with Crime Spree
On January 1, 2019, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to an Aggravated Robbery that occurred on FM 350 North in Polk County Texas. Complainant advised around midnight he heard someone knocking on his door, he answered the door and a young white male advised him his vehicle had broken down and he needed to use the phone. According to the complainant, the young man looked kind of sketchy and due to it being almost midnight he advised him he could not use the phone and shut his door. A short time later he heard someone kick in the front door and the white male came and pointed a pistol at him demanding money. The home owner then hollered as if someone else was living with him and the suspect apparently got scared and ran out the door. A short time later we received another 911 call in reference to someone kicking in the front door of another residence located on Highway 59 north, just north of Livingston. When the suspects apparently seen the owner was home they left the residence. Arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity was 23 year old Hunter Branam, 19 year old Hayden Stanford, and 24 year old Britteny Marlow, all of Livingston. They are currently in the Polk County Jail where they received $50,000 bonds for each charge. All three of these suspects were involved in an Aggravated Robbery in the city of Livingston and out of Walker County.
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Britteny Nicole Marlow, 24, of Livingston has been charged with aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity.
Young Adults on an East Texas Crime Spree Nabbed, LIVINGSTON, January 4, 2019 - On January 3, 2019 at approximately 1:33 a.m. the Livingston Police Department responded to the Pine Hill Apartments in regards to an aggravated robbery that had just occurred in the parking lot. When Officers arrived, the victim was located at the scene and had sustained injuries as a result of the robbery. The victim stated the two white males were in a red Dodge 4 door truck. The driver of the vehicle was known to the victim. Upon further investigation, the victim was standing at the passenger side of the suspect's vehicle when the white male passenger displayed a pistol and pointed it at the victim and demanded money and everything on his person. The victim fled on foot from the suspect and while fleeing, the victim fell into a glass window causing injuries. The victim was later transported to the local hospital by ambulance and was later released after receiving medical treatment. As the investigation continued and the driver of the truck was later identified as Hayden Niel Stanford, 18, of Livingston. The Livingston Police Department was later notified by the Huntsville Police Department that they were currently investigating a home invasion robbery involving several suspects in a red Dodge 4 door truck. According to the Huntsville Police Department, two of the suspects had been positively identified as Hayden Stanford, and Hunter Branam, 23, of Livingston. The two agencies began working together along with the Polk County Sheriff's Office who was later found to be investigating the same suspects and red Dodge 4 door truck involved in two other home invasions. The Livingston Police Department and Huntsville Police Department were able to obtain arrest warrants for Hayden Niel Stanford for First Degree Felony offense of Aggravated Robbery.
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Hayden Niel Stanford, 18, of Livingston
Christa Marque Branam, 24, of Livingston
Hunter Gordon Branam, 23, of Livingston
The investigation continued after Stanford was taken into custody and further evidence was developed into both investigations. The Livingston Police Department received information that some of the stolen property was located in a local motel room in Livingston that had been rented by Hunter Branam. The local motel room was secured and a search warrant was obtained from District Judge Kaycee Jones. While the room was being watched and secured, Hunter Branam arrived back at the motel in a dark colored vehicle and picked up a back pack from the property that was hidden. The vehicle then left the motel in a hurry and the Livingston Police Department attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle failed to stop and began evading at a high rate of speed. During the evading, objects were being thrown from the moving vehicle. Afterwards, the vehicle was stopped by the Livingston Police Department and Hunter Branam was detained along with the driver who was identified as Hunter's sister, Christa Branam, 24, of Livingston. The objects thrown from the vehicle were recovered and discovered to be stolen firearms from these investigations. The search warrant was later executed at the motel room rented by Hunter Branam and more stolen property was recovered along with illegal narcotics. The Livingston Police Department is charging Hunter Branam with aggravated robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, theft of a firearm, tampering with evidence and evading arrest in a vehicle. The Livingston Police Department is charging Christa Branam with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, theft of a firearm, tampering with evidence and evading arrest in a vehicle. All these charges are felony offenses. Hunter Branam was recently released from the Texas Department of Corrections and is currently on parole until November 2019. These investigations will continue with the Huntsville Police Department and Polk County Sheriff's Office and more arrests and charges are expected as investigations continue.
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