In a joint effort, the Lake Worth and Fort Worth Police Departments, in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), have successfully executed a significant enforcement operation, disrupting and dismantling an interstate commerce robbery ring. The operation, part of a coordinated task force, has led to the identification and apprehension of two alleged robbery suspects.
On October 15, 2023, at 3:37 a.m., two armed suspects targeted a Walgreens Pharmacy at 6244 Lake Worth Boulevard, Lake Worth, stealing approximately $5,000 in cash from the store's safe. One suspect threatened a pharmacist with a gun, coercing her to remove controlled substances from secure storage. The second suspect, armed with a taser, subdued the front desk clerk, delivering electric shocks before forcing her to the back office. The clerk sustained injuries requiring surgery.
On October 30, 2023, at 5:32 p.m., a suspect from the same case scoped out a Metro PCS at 600 East Allen Street, Fort Worth, before returning with accomplices. The armed suspects robbed the store, taking electronics and about $900 in cash, while preventing the victim from leaving or calling for help. The victim is reported to be unharmed.
Currently, two suspects are in police custody. 35-year-old Henry Pierre Rogers of Fort Worth, faces charges of Aggravated Robbery and Felon in Possession of a Weapon. 31-year-old Jhamal Antwan Farris of Fort Worth, is also in Tarrant County Jail on charges of Aggravated Robbery, having been previously out on bond for a murder charge from September 28, 2018.
Law enforcement is actively seeking information leading to the arrest of 32-year-old Demond Deshun Scott of Grand Prairie, and the fourth unidentified suspect.
Given the interstate nature of the targeted businesses, Walgreens and MetroPCS, the FBI joined the investigation under the Hobbs Act, which grants jurisdiction when crimes obstruct, delay, or affect commerce. Fort Worth Police Chief Neil Noakes emphasized the importance of collaboration, stating, "Violent crime doesn’t stay within jurisdictions." Lake Worth Police Chief J.T. Manoushagian echoed this sentiment, expressing gratitude for the partnerships involved in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Anyone with information about these crimes and/or the identity of the two suspects at large and their involvement in other robberies can contact Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County:
Call: 817-469-8477 (TIPS)
Live Chat: www.469tips.com
Text: “Tip117 plus your message” to CRIMES (274637)