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Kilgore men indicted in store robbery

From staff reports
Dec. 28, 2017 at 11:29 p.m.

Jonathan Hayden Zuniga, left, and Clarence Bedford III (Gregg County Jail photos)

Two Kilgore men accused of holding up a gas station in October have been indicted, Gregg County District Attorney Carl Dorrough's office reported this week.

Clarence Bedford III, 23, and Jonathan Hayden Zuniga, 22, are charged with aggravated robbery. They are in the Gregg County Jail on $75,000 bond each.

Police said the two men robbed an E-Z Mart on Texas 135 North in Kilgore on Oct. 22, demanding $175 from clerk while pointing a pistol at her.

The store's surveillance system shows the men wearing masks from the movie "Scream," police said.

The two men fled to a home on Arrow Lane in Kilgore, where an informant told officers they changed clothes and bragged about the crime, police said.

A Gregg County grand jury met Dec. 20 and 21, returning 27 indictments. Eight of those indictments were sealed pending arrest.

The following indictments were returned (residence is Longview, unless otherwise specified):

Aggravated robbery:

Taron C. Venters, 27, of Waxahachie, stemming from an Aug. 5 incident;

Assault family violence, enhanced:

Anthony Lashun Orange, 28, in two counts, stemming from incidents July 2 and 30;

Assault of a public servant:

Joevante Dellvon Beck, 22, of Hallsville, stemming from a Dec. 7 incident;

Driving while intoxicated, third offense or more:

Larry Dale Smith, 54, of Kilgore, stemming from an Oct. 29 incident;

Steven Dale Akin, 37, of Gladewater, stemming from an Oct. 11 incident;

Driving while intoxicated with a child passenger:

Kimberly Vanlandingham, a.k.a. Kimberly Sheffield, 32, of Gladewater, stemming from a Sept. 30 incident;

Evading arrest or detention with a previous conviction:

Earnest Alexander McNeary, 23, stemming from an Oct. 27 incident;

Evading arrest or detention with a vehicle:

Paul Benjamin Fuller, 41, of Tatum, stemming from a Nov. 28 incident;

Forgery:

Kevin Kylver Quiroz-Mendez, 35, of Elkhart, Indiana, stemming from a Sept. 2 incident;

Thomas Damien Esquivel, 28, of Carrollton, stemming from a Sept. 1 incident;

Fraudulent use of identifying information:

Gary Lynn Stephenson, 50, of Jefferson, stemming from a Dec. 22, 2016 incident;

Possession of a controlled substance in an amount of less than 1 gram:

Dana Milliken, 74, of Kilgore, stemming from an Aug. 11 incident;

Possession of a controlled substance in an amount of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams:

Samuel Tremain Harris, 37, stemming from a Feb. 4 incident;

Neis Nathan Tatum, 40, stemming from a July 17 incident;

Charity Starr Cotton, 37, of Little Rock, Arkansas, stemming from an Aug. 19 incident;

Possession of a controlled substance in an amount of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams with intent to deliver:

Darell Eugene Fort Jr., 43, of Overton, stemming from a July 7 incident;

Robbery:

McNeary, stemming from an Oct. 27 incident;

Tampering with a government record:

Quiroz-Mendez, stemming from a Sept. 2 incident; and

Esquivel, stemming from a Sept. 1 incident.

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