CARROLLTON — Multiple charges have been filed against the suspects in a string of crimes across North Texas.
Police believe they were involved in a home invasion in Flower Mound on Sunday. It started around 9 p.m. in the 5600 block of Suncrest Drive. A man who lives at the address told News 8 that three armed men wearing ski masks barged into his residence. He wished to remain anonymous.
"'Take what you want and don't hurt anyone,'" the man said he told the gunmen.
Flower Mound police said the suspects ordered the man and his five other family members into the living room; one person was punched in the head, but no one was seriously hurt.
One of the family members managed to call 911. The three suspects escaped out the back door on foot with cash and jewelry.
Officials said those suspects then carjacked a blue Nissan Versa in the 1500 block of Sunswept Terrace in Lewisville around 10:40 p.m.
The owner of the car told Lewisville police that he was parking his car in his driveway when the three men punched him several times and stole his car. The victim had minor injuries.
The men took the car and traveled to Carrollton, where two of them were arrested by police. They were identified as Juan Fernando Olaya, 34, and Rodney Ray Granger, 19.
Coppell police said detectives have determined that a December 5 home invasion in that city is linked to the Flower Mound incident and to a similar case in Allen. Some items stolen from the Coppell residence have been recovered.
Carrollton police have charged Olaya with Failure to Identify. Flower Mound police have charged him with Aggravated Robbery. Lewisville police have charged him with Robbery, and Collin County has filed a charge of Aggravated Robbery. Olaya also has an ICE Detainer.
Granger has been charged with two counts of evading arrest or detention, as well as resisting arrest, search or transportation by Carrollton police. Lewisville police have charged him with Robbery, and Collin County PD has charged him with Aggravated Robbery.
Police also arrested 19-year-old Johnisha Ann-Marie Williams in connection with the Suncrest Drive crime. She is charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and is being held on $50,000 bond.
Octavius Scott, 22, was located in Houston on Dec. 11 by the U.S. Marshals East Texas Fugitive Task Force.
Police asked Arbor Creek Middle School and Indian Creek Elementary School to delay the start of classes as they searched for Scott after the home invasion.
"Carrollton Police Department (CPD) has given Lewisville ISD the all-clear to open both ACMS and ICE at 10 a.m. today. As we shared with you this morning, CPD requested both campuses postpone school opening until 10 a.m. due to police activity in the area. A CPD officer will be on both campuses today to offer additional police support and security," the district wrote in a statement posted online.
"I just hope they're going to be OK. I know they will. In the back of my mind, it's this train of thought, I just don't want to get this call that the intruder is inside the school and your brother and sister are in there," Mercedes Reyes, a relative of an Indian Creek Elementary student said.
Captain Griffin warns people in the area to lock their doors, close their garages and report suspicious activity to authorities.
Flower Mound neighbors like Lee Carbonnel say they never thought it would happen there.
"It's pretty scary hearing about it. It's your neighborhood, you normally think it's safe and sound; it's pretty concerning," Carbonnel said.
Griffin says the victims in each case are of Indian descent and may have been targeted for heirloom jewelry.
Monica Hernandez, Jobin Panicker and Sebastian Robertson contributed to this report.