DALLAS — Police in Dallas have downgraded aggravated robbery charges against two suspects in a series of driveway robberies after investigators discovered a weapon used in at least one of the crimes was actually a toy gun.
On the night of Feb. 20, Charles Hunt, 51, and Santana Andrews, 26, were taken into custody and later charged in the robbery of a man outside his Dallas home.
According to police, Hunt approached the victim as he entered his home, pointed a gun at his head and demanded he hand over his wallet. Once the victim complied, Hunt fled the scene on foot.
Soon after, Hunt and Andrews were taken into custody after officers in the area spotted the pair inside a vehicle that matched descriptions given in similar crimes, read arrest affidavits. Both were charged with aggravated robbery based on a confession made by Hunt and evidence found in the vehicle, police said.
However, affidavits filed on Tuesday revealed upon further investigation, authorities discovered a toy gun was used in the robbery and downgraded the charges from aggravated robbery to robbery on Tuesday.
According to court documents, Hunt and Andrews confessed to another robbery that took place on Feb. 18. along Skillman Avenue.
Hunt and Andrews are also suspected in 24 driveway robberies committed throughout the Dallas area since January. In a news conference Friday, Maj. Jeff Cotner said police are continuing their probe and investigating any possible links the pair may have to the crimes. However, Cotner said the department is exploring all possibilities.
"We’re open that these individuals are not responsible for all these offenses,” he said.
At the time of his arrest, Hunt was on parole for convictions of aggravated robberies that took place in the early 1990s. Hunt was also previously convicted of sexual assault.
Hunt spent 11 years in jail and was released in February of 2011.