An 18-year-old Texarkana man was recently indicted for two counts of aggravated robbery by a Bowie County grand jury.
Jacori Sims is accused of pretending to show interest in buying a cell phone from someone advertising it on Facebook on a page called, “Texarkana electronics,” according to a probable cause affidavit. A man and woman from Nashville, Ark., reported that they were robbed at gunpoint when they went to King Park on Tracy Drive in Texarkana, Texas, to meet someone they thought was going to purchase the phone.
The two alleged victims reported that when they were getting out of their care at the agreed meeting spot, one of two men ran away. The second man, who was wearing a red hoodie, asked to see the phone. Once the man in the hoodie had the phone, he pulled a pistol from his pocket and told the couple to, “give him everything, give me your phone and your money,” the affidavit states.
The couple told their assailant they had no cash, only debit cards. The man in the hoodie declined the cards and allegedly told them to leave.
The couple told officers they drove around Texarkana until they found a building with police cars parked around, the Bi-State, and banged on the door of the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department until an officer responded. The couple is described in the affidavit as “distraught and scared.”
The couple told officers the man who robbed them had a distinctive hair cut. Both were independently able to pick Sims’ photo from a lineup.
If convicted, Sims faces five to 99 years or life in prison on each of the two counts.