HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Two suspects were arrested this week in connection with the robbery and kidnapping of a 24-year-old man in west Harris County on March 12, deputies said.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Atkins, 21 and Ronald Allen Baylis, 49, were arrested and charged with robbery by threats and impersonating a peace officer. Atkins also faces an additional charge of felon in possession.
Thomas Warnell, 25, is also charged with robbery by threats and impersonating a peace officer, but remains at large.
Investigators said the three posed as a female on Facebook and lured the victim to a residence in the 6300 block of Glenhagen with the promise of drugs and sex.
When the victim arrived, he was told to wait in the garage, deputies said. The three suspects came out of the home and identified themselves as Harris County Sheriff’s deputies and a U.S. Marshal.
Deputies said the suspects had no badges or identification of law enforcement personnel. The suspects told the victim that if he paid them money he would be let go.
The suspects made the victim enter his vehicle and all three suspects then drove him to his residence, deputies said. While there, the victim was forced to give them a laptop computer and cash.
The suspects then took the complainant’s vehicle and left.
On March 19, Atkins was involved in a minor vehicle accident while driving the victim’s car that he had stolen, deputies said. He was taken into custody where he identified the other suspects as his accomplices in the robbery.
Deputies then arrested Baylis on Thursday.