The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX

May 23, 2012

Bank robbery suspect indicted

By Cody Stark
Staff Reporter

HUNTSVILLE —  

A New Waverly man who claimed to have an explosive device in an attempt to rob a Huntsville bank almost three months ago was indicted by a Walker County grand jury Thursday.
George Alfred Vanschenck, a 47-year-old parolee from New York now living in New Waverly, is facing a first-degree charge of aggravated robbery, which carries a sentence of up to 99 years in prison. He has convictions for similar robberies in New York.
Vanschenck was arrested March 2 after he allegedly walked into First Financial Bank, located at 33 Highway 75 North, at 12:33 p.m. and passed a note to a teller demanding cash and threatening to blow up the bank. He fled on foot with $3,975 and was pursued by witnesses while heading south on Highway 75.
The suspect was seen entering a health club in a shopping center near the old Tractor Supply Company Building. When officers with the Huntsville Police Department arrived, Vanschenck was found hiding in the men’s locker room of the health club.
“The officers went into the health club, and Vanschenck was in the shower area with his shirt off,” Walker County Assistant District Attorney Jack Choate said. “His shirt was lying on top of a duffle bag that contained the stolen money. He was arrested and taken into custody.”
Witnesses claimed to have seen Vanschenck stop at a creek near the old Tractor Supply. Officers searched the creek but found no explosive device there or on the suspect at the time he was taken into custody.
 
Indictments
The grand jury also handed down the following indictments:
• Floyd Rigsby, evading arrest detention with a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance point grade one.
• Jason Allan Oliphant, evading arrest detention with a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance point grade one.
• Jerome Dion Penson, theft of property more than $1,500 but less than $20,000.
• Kevin Girrard Smith, possession of a controlled substance point grade one.
• Ricardo Andrew Larios, driving while intoxicated with child under 15 years of age.
• Kierra Hawkins, possession of a controlled substance point grade one.
• John Hagan, assault family/household member with previous conviction.
• Brenelsa Faye Jones, possession of a controlled substance point grade one.
• Jessica Lynn Kitchen, burglary of a habitation.
• James Samuel Mutter, driving while intoxicated third of more.
• Dennis Ray Shelton, possession of a controlled substance point grade one.
• Dustin Alan Rogers, evading arrest detention with a vehicle.
• Donnell Lamont Stubbs, possession of marijuana.
• Ryan Heith Jones, possession of marijuana.
• Shellenia Christine Ellis, theft of property more than $1,500 with two or more previous convictions.
• Valuria Johnson Perry, evading arrest detention with a vehicle.
• Natalie Berneice Cox-Gray, possession of a controlled substance point grade one.
• Malinda Kaye Bibbs, prohibited substance in a correctional facility alcohol/drug/phone/tobacco.
• Justin Glenn Hosea, credit card or debit card abuse.
• Joshua Dewayne Williams, theft of property more than $1,500 but less than $20,000.
• Ashley Belinda Small, forgery of government/national government instrument money/security.
• David Wayne Choate, possession of a controlled substance point grade one.
• Guillermo Torres, possession of a controlled substance point grade one and tamper fabricate physical evidence with intent to impair.
• Robert James Bonner, evading arrest with a vehicle.
• Pleas Williams III, manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance point grade one.
• Jeffery Dean Werder, theft of a firearm.
• Michael Duane Pelt, burglary of a building.
• William Daniel Johns, two counts of burglary of a habitation.
• Ernest Robins Jr., credit card or debit card abuse.
• Lamarcus Deshon Miller, burglary of a habitation intend other felony.
• Michael Allen Ray, hinder secured creditors more than $1,500 but less than $20,000.
• Victor Wayne Smith, theft of property more than $1,500 but less than $20,000.