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Police detain three in robbery, beating at Longview motel

By Jimmy Isaac jisaac@news-journal.com
Nov. 30, 2011 at 11 p.m.

Police have arrested three people in connection with a Nov. 1 robbery and beating at an east Longview motel.

Authorities are holding 21-year-old Jordan Lynn Garrett and 30-year-old Eric Eugene Christian on $50,000 bond - Garrett charged with robbery and Christian charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

A third suspect, Candace Lynn Cranford, 25, was arrested Wednesday on a criminal trespass charge.

According to Longview police, all three suspects were identified by a victim and witness to a robbery and assault at the American Dream Inn, in the 2000 block of East Marshall Avenue.

Longview police on Nov. 1 spoke with two men, including Victor Villasenor, who said that he met a prostitute later identified as Garrett at one of the motel rooms. Garrett then called another woman, later identified as Cranford, to the room, according to arrest affidavits.

Later in the evening, Villasenor noticed $300 was missing from his pants. When he confronted Garrett and an argument ensued, Christian entered the room along with Villasenor's friend, Miguel Gonzales, who was in the parking lot. Christian hit Gonzales several times in the face before jumping into a vehicle with the two women, records showed.

Christian then retrieved a tire iron and approached Gonzales and Villasenor again, but Villasenor retrieved his tire tool from his vehicle. Christian then got back into his car and left the motel.

A witness, who arrived at the motel and was unloading groceries during the assault, identified Christian and Cranford in photo line-ups, according to Gregg County Assistant District Attorney Stacey Brownlee.

Garrett, of Gilmer, was arrested Tuesday at the Palace Inn in the 2100 block of East Marshall Avenue.

Christian was arrested Nov. 17 and remains jailed on $57,500 bond, also charged with outstanding warrants for possession of a controlled substance and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Bond had not been set for Cranford on Wednesday.



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