TEXARKANA — The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department (TAPD) arrested two suspects who allegedly attempted to rob from an automatic teller machine at a local bank.
Texarkana Arkansas police arrested 20-year-old Treveyon VanKeith Dargin along with a juvenile suspect Friday morning around 5:00 a.m. Police believe the two suspects, both from Houston, are part of a larger criminal organization with ties back to Houston.
TAPD officer Michael Bryan was dispatched to the Red River Credit Union on 2345 Trinity Blvd. at approximately 4:52 a.m. after the tripping of an ATM alarm. According to police, when Officer Bryan arrived on the scene, he saw a truck chained to the ATM and two black males hammering and prying on the ATM. Police say that both suspects were wearing hoodies and took off running into the Woodline neighborhood when Officer Bryan arrived.
According to police, Officer Bryan pursued the two suspects on foot until penning them in the backyard of a residence on Ramblewood. Officer Robert Derrick helped Officer Bryan search one of two possible yards where the suspects could be. Officer Derrick saw discarded clothing, a mask and a glove.
When a shed door was opened in the backyard with the discarded clothing, both suspects were located inside and placed into police custody. According to police, there were several $50 bills on the ground along the path the suspects fled, and several thousand more dollars were in the suspects’ clothing.
Both suspects have been charged with theft of property over $25,000, two counts of theft of property over $5,000 (stolen trucks), criminal attempt theft of property over $5,000, criminal mischief in the first degree, and engaging in a continuing criminal gang, organization, or enterprise. All of the charges are varying degree felonies. The juvenile arrested will be certified as an adult and charged accordingly.
Police believe the suspects are part of the same criminal organization that burglarized other local ATMs earlier this year. Other state and federal law enforcement officers have been made aware of Texarkana area arrests and a large scale investigation is ongoing.