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April 6, 2012

Robbery suspect re-indicted last month

Grand jurors hand up 81 indictments


Grand jurors in the 18th District Court re-indicted a Joshua man on March 22 who was originally indicted in April 2011. 

Police arrested Michael Paul Lavoie, 58, in February  2011 in connection with eight alleged armed robberies in Cleburne. 

The April 2012 list contained one indictment against Lavoie on seven counts of aggravated robbery enhanced. Lavoie was re-indicted last month, Johnson County District Attorney Dale Hanna said, because he wanted to be indicted separately on each charge, which is his right under law. The move creates the possibility of separate trials on each charge.

Lavoie allegedly robbed eight convenience stores and business in Cleburne between July 2010 and February 2011 including robbing two stores about an hour apart shortly before his arrest.

A vehicle observed by covert surveillance in the area when those robberies occurred led investigators to Lavoie, Cleburne Police Department Deputy Chief Amy Knoll said at the time. People associated with Lavoie identified him from surveillance video of earlier robberies.

Lavoie was not home when police served a search and arrest warrant, but they did find evidence allegedly linking him to the robberies. Police tracked Lavoie to an Arlington residence and arrested him a short time later.

Lavoie allegedly displayed a gun during each robbery then fled on foot after receiving the money. No one was hurt during any of the robberies.

More troubles for Cogdill

Grand jurors also indicted Nico Allen-Antonio Cogdill, 22, of Cleburne for assault of a public servant. 

Cogdill, who is presently jailed at the Johnson County Law Enforcement Center, on Feb. 4 allegedly told a jailer he had a package to mail, according to a probable cause statement of the incident. 

Cogdill told the jailer the package was too large to slide under his cell door and that the floor was wet, according to the statement. 

The jailer opened the “bean chute,” a smaller door on the cell door used to pass food to prisoners, to retrieve the package. When the jailer reached for the package, Cogdill allegedly grabbed him by the wrist and pulled his arm into the cell.

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