Four Convicted in Violent March 2015 Humble Bank Robbery
HOUSTON—With the guilty pleas of two more men today, four people now stand convicted for the take-over robbery of the Shell Federal Credit Union that occurred March 19, 2015, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
Derrick Devon Malone, 24, and Christopher Parker, 28, both of Houston, pleaded guilty this morning before U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett to a two-count indictment for bank robbery and possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. Two others—Shaterrika Monique West-Malone, 27, and Crystal Gail McCain-Sims, 25, also of Houston, previously pleaded guilty in a related case to a one-count criminal information charging them with bank robbery.
On March 19, 2015, the four defendants robbed the Shell Federal Credit Union located at 4787 Wilson Road in Humble.
McCain-Sims drove the group to the bank and served as the getaway driver after the robbery, while West-Malone was the lookout. West-Malone entered the bank shortly before the robbery and notified Malone and Parker via text message that there was no security guard in the premises. She then rejoined McCain-Sims in the getaway vehicle, while the male accomplices entered and robbed the bank.
Malone and Parker entered the bank through the main entrance at approximately 10:59 a.m. During their entry, Malone, who was armed with a pistol, grabbed a departing bank customer with his free hand and threw her back inside and onto the floor. Parker then confronted a bank employee and yelled, “Give me the money b***h,” grabbed one customer’s cash and identification cards from the counter and jumped onto the tellers’ counter where he joined Malone, who was pointing his pistol at the heads and bodies of the tellers. Malone was screaming such things as “Hurry we will shoot you b***h, give me the money b***h, all the money b***h.” Parker also shouted “We want money, I’ll shoot you.”
After seizing a significant amount of cash from the bank as well as a customer, Malone and Parker ran out the door, climbed into the getaway vehicle and fled the scene with their female accomplices.
Malone was captured approximately 30 minutes after the robbery, while Parker was apprehended shortly thereafter.
Bank cameras had captured images of the vehicle which allowed law enforcement to promptly identify the perpetrators. West-Malone was also taken into custody that day as an officer witnessed her exit the getaway vehicle and enter her apartment. McCain-Sims was apprehended the next day following her identification as the owner of the vehicle. Customers and employees inside the credit union later positively identified the two men as the violent robbers.
McCain-Sims was permitted to remain on bond, while the three others are in custody pending their sentencing hearings. McCain-Sims and West-Malone are set for Aug. 27, 2015, at which time they face up to 20 years in prison for bank robbery. Their male accomplices will be sentenced Sept. 17, 2015, at which time they each face up 25 years for the bank robbery as well as a mandatory seven years for the firearms charges which must be served consecutively to the other prison term imposed.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the FBI’s Bank Robbery Task Force which included the Harris County Sherriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Kusin is prosecuting the case.