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Warrants issued in EZ Mart robbery; bonds set $107,500 for Anthony Harvey

By Staff Reports
June 1, 2010 at 8:34 a.m.

 Roy Lee Martin Jr. of Longview

Warrants have been issued for one of the subjects involved in the EZ Mart attempted robbery Monday that ended with an officer-involved shooting, according to a Marshall Police Department press release.

Marshall police are looking for Roy Lee Martin Jr. of Longview in connection with the robbery. Warrants for his arrest on aggravated robbery, a first degree felony, and evading arrest/detention, a state jail felony, were issued Tuesday.

Anthony Lamar Harvey of Longview, who was arrested following a car pursuit, was charged with aggravated robbery and evading arrest/detention. Justice of the Peace Nancy George set bond at $100,000 on the aggravated robbery charge and $7,500 for the evading arrest/detention charge.

According to the press release, dispatchers received a call at 2:27 a.m. Monday, reporting an armed robbery at EZ Mart convenience store, 2507 West Pinecrest Drive.

When police officers responded to the area, they attempted to stop a vehicle near the location. The driver failed to stop and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit continued on East Pinecrest crossing U.S. Highway 59 and ending in the 2300 block of Five Notch Road where the vehicle lost control and struck a ditch.

"MPD officers gave chase on foot and apprehended one of the two occupants in the vehicle," the press release indicates.

At the time of the pursuit, dispatchers were notified that a third actor was still inside the store and was leaving on foot. Other MPD officers responding to EZ Mart began checking the area.

"A Marshall police officer located a subject fitting the description given and initiated a foot pursuit in the wooded area just east of the robbery location," the press release states. "The foot pursuit resulted in the officer using deadly force."

"The officer involved (in shooting the suspect) is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is being conducted by the Texas Rangers," Assistant Police Chief Leland Benoit noted in a press release Monday, declining to release the name of the officer due to the investigation.

Benoit also declined to release the deceased suspect's name at press time, pending family notification. The name has still not been released.

The investigation is still ongoing and police are requesting assistance in locating Martin. Anyone with information can contact the Marshall Police Department Detective Division at 903-935-4540 or Crimestoppers at 903-935-9969. Any calls after hours or weekends can be directed to MPD Dispatch at 903-935-4575.

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