WAXAHACHIE — Ellis County Sheriff’s deputies arrested four Waxahachie teens and a fifth from Midlothian after they robbed a resident at gunpoint with an assault rifle last week.

According to Ellis County Sheriff’s Sgt. Joe M. Fitzgerald, the aggravated robbery occurred Tuesday, March 28 at approximately 5:34 p.m. at a home in the 1200 block of Lone Elm Rd in Waxahachie.

During the incident, Austin Loper, 17, Jacob Matthew Stafford, 18, and Aaron Stober, 17, entered the home with an assault rifle and demanded money from the resident who they had held at gunpoint, Fitzgerald stated. He also noted one of the individuals wore a red bandana to cover his face inside the home, while Todd Eugene Mayben, 19, and Savannah Donna Yeager, 17, waited outside in an orange-colored vehicle.

Mayben was the lone Midlothian resident, as the other four were residents of Waxahachie, a press release from the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department states.

“Investigators worked into the early morning hours of Wednesday, Mach 29 taking into custody five suspects,” the ECSO release states.

Fitzgerald stated the victim identified two of the suspects. He also added that the stories from the two identified suspects corroborated after ECSO deputies had them in custody and helped to locate the remaining three suspects, as well as items taken from the home.

“In the end, all five admitted to [the armed robbery] during interviews,” Fitzgerald said. “This was a group effort with the criminal investigations unit and patrol department to apprehend the suspects within a 10-hour window.”

Fitzgerald also thanked Ellis County Sheriff’s deputies Jerry Whitt and Chip Hundley for their leadership and efforts during the investigation and apprehension.

According to the ECSO press release, all five suspects were booked into the Wayne McCollum Detention Center Wednesday, March 29 between 3:30 — 7:30 a.m. All five had a bond set at $50,000 for aggravated robbery.


Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

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