We frequently talk alleged offenses committed with bizarre or baffling elements. Even in that company, Eric Dion Warren is a standout. He got a loaner car in the BMW dealer, driving the car to a bank robbery, and then driving back to the dealer and trying to use the stolen bank money for the downpayment on the car. He definitely took the motto”Sheer Driving Pleasure” a tad too far.
Warren borrowed the car in the Wolfforth, Texas trader in the summer of 2019 before allegedly he driving the vehicle over to the bank along with handing over a fast-food bad and a note reading”That really is a f—- robbery. Play together and perish. I need $10,000 in 50 and 100 dollar bills you now got 1 minute or I shall kill you.” Then he pulled what looked like a gun and repeated the demand.
Then he return to Wolfforth bank and displayed the cash and asked to buy the car with $3000 downpayment. That was only 15 minutes after the robbery but an employee had received a call regarding the robbery. The automobile called authorities and Warren reportedly confessed. The $5,000 matched the serial numbers of the stolen money and he was found having a pellet gun.
What’s intriguing is that”aggravated robbery” in Texas requires a”lethal weapon” but also allows a fee if the offense”puts another person in fear of imminent bodily harm or death”:
Sec. 29.03. AGGRAVATED ROBBERY. (a) A person commits an offense if he commits robbery as defined in Section 29.02, and he
(1) causes serious physical harm to a person;
(2) uses or exhibits a deadly weapon; or
(3) causes physical harm to another person or threatens or places another person in fear of imminent bodily harm or death, if another person is:
(A) 65 years of age or older; or
(B) a disabled person.
(b) An offense under this section is a felony of the first degree.
(c) In this section,”disabled person” means an individual having a mental, physical, or psychological disability who is substantially unable to protect himself from harm.
Jan. 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 900, Sec. 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.
In this case, law enforcement could allege that the flashing of the gun fulfilled that the second element for the higher charge.
What’s clear is that if he was driving”the ultimate driving machine,” Eric Dion Warren isn’t the ultimate driving criminal.
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