Texarkana man accused of robbery, ripping off auto repair shop


A Texarkana man accused of robbery in connection with unpaid auto repair bills was indicted Thursday by a Bowie County grand jury.

James Ray Hunter, 61, allegedly told an employee of Cates Transmission in Texarkana, Texas, that he wanted to test drive his 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor before paying $3,860 for repairs Dec. 28, a probable cause affidavit states. An employee of Cates Transmission, who rode along on the test drive, told police that Hunter pulled into New Ways Convenience Store on South Lake Drive during the test run of the Endeavor.
Hunter allegedly said he needed pills for his heart as he began reaching into his coat pocket. Instead of pills, Hunter reportedly pulled out a small black pistol and ordered the Cates employee out of the car. The employee identified Cates as the man who pointed a gun at him when showed a photo lineup the following day.

Hunter was indicted for aggravated robbery, an offense punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison. His case has been assigned to 5th District Judge Bill Miller.

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