Grand Jury Indicts Livingston Man for Aggravated Robbery, LIVINGSTON, October 13, 2021 - In a Tuesday video hearing and over the opposition of Polk County prosecutors, 258th District Judge Travis E. Kitchens, Jr. reduced a $200,000 bond for armed robbery defendant 18 year old Andres Gonzales, of Livingston, to $20,000 with conditions. Gonzalez stands charged by indictment with the July 12,2020 armed robbery of the Shell convenience store located at 602 Pan American Drive in Livingston. According to probable cause affidavit filed by Livingston Police Detective Kaleb Barker, Gonzalez "while then and there in the course of committing theft of property" threatened a store clerk with a firearm. The affidavit alleged that the suspect entered the convenience store clad in a ski mask, wearing clear gloves and armed with a handgun. The suspect then went behind the counter and struck the victim with the weapon before grabbing and fleeing with approximately $5000 in cash. Gloves found near the scene of the robbery were later submitted to the Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory along with a DNA specimen from Gonzalez. According to Barker's affidavit, Gonzalez could not be excluded as a contributor to DNA found on the glove. An arrest warrant for Gonzalez was issued on April 21, 2021 by 411th District Court Judge John Wells who set the original bond amount of $200,000. Following Gonzalez' arrest in June of this year, a Polk County Grand Jury indicted Gonzalez for the First Degree Felony offense of Aggravated Robbery. If convicted, Gonzalez faces up to 99 years or Life in prison.
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