WAXAHACHIE — An Ellis County Grand Jury indicted Waxahachie resident Dakoda Oviedo, 18, on the charge of aggravated robbery on Nov. 30. Waxahachie Police arrested Oviedo on March 15.

According to the indictment, Oviedo on March 15 allegedly, while in the course of committing theft of property, placed the victim in fear of imminent bodily injury or death by using or exhibiting a firearm.

In a May 30 Daily Light Article, Oviedo, along with Alejandro Lopez and Alexis Hernandez, allegedly took part in a robbery at 3:15 a.m. on March 15 at the Exxon Gas Station located in the 3300 block of Interstate Highway 35E.

The probable cause determination affidavit stated that officers were dispatched to an aggravated robbery call, but while en route to the scene, were advised that a man entered the store wearing a sweatshirt with lettering across the front, a red ball cap and had used a handgun during the offense.

"The suspect demanded the store money, and, once gained, the suspect exited the store and fled in a white passenger vehicle through a muddy field directly behind the store into a nearby mobile home lot," Waxahachie Officer Brian Fuller stated in the affidavit.

Fuller said that during the investigation, police determined that various packs of Newport cigarettes had been stolen and that there was more than one suspect in the vehicle during the offense. Officers determined that the vehicle had mud on the bottom of it since it high-centered after getting stuck while traveling through the field.

"While investigating, the Italy Police Department called and advised that a white vehicle occupied by two males and one female had tried to rob a convenient store in their town around 2 a.m., matching the description of our suspects," Fuller stated in the affidavit. "A white 2001 Nissan passenger car was located at Walmart just after 4 a.m. and two males and one female were found to be inside the vehicle upon contact."

Fuller said the vehicle had fresh mud in the wheel wells and on the undercarriage of the frame and traces of mud on the sides of the car. After further investigation, officers allegedly found Lopez, Hernandez and Oviedo in possession of the cash and that Lopez allegedly had unopened packs of Newport cigarettes in his possession and the vehicle, as well.

Fuller stated in the affidavit that the packs of Newports found by police matched the tax and state numbers that directly connected them with the ones stolen from the Exxon station.

According to the probable cause determination affidavit, Hernandez gave verbal consent to the search of the vehicle. However, no weapon was found inside the vehicle.

Hernandez advised police that the weapon was actually a pellet gun and was placed in the trunk of the car. Police then found a backpack in the trunk underneath the floor mat by the spare tire. Inside the backpack was a dark hoodie sweatshirt, which matched the one worn by the suspect from the robbery, and a black airsoft pistol. It is believed that it was the weapon used during this offense, Fuller stated.

Before the March 15, offense Lopez and Hernandez allegedly took part in two aggravated robberies on Nov. 28, 2015. The first happened at the Exxon gas station located in the 3300 block of Interstate Highway 35E and the second at the Shell gas station located at 1200 block of N. U.S. Highway 77.

An Ellis County Grand Jury indicted Lopez and Hernandez on May 25. Hernandez has been indicted on three counts of aggravated robbery and one count of having a prohibited weapon. Lopez was indicted on three charges of aggravated robbery, a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and a charge of having a prohibited weapon.

Oviedo's arraignment is set for Feb. 7, 2017, in the 40th Judicial District Court.

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