Three Men Sentenced in Kingwood Bank Robbery
HOUSTON—Three Houston men have been ordered to federal prison following their respective convictions for bank robbery and related firearms charges, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Alexander Sylvester Sellers, 22, Keeland Duralle Williams, 33, and Kendrick Dewayne Walker, 22, all previously admitted they robbed the J.P. Morgan Chase Bank in Kingwood on July 31, 2013.
Today, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake ordered Williams to serve 70 months on the bank robbery charge and a consecutive 84 months for use of a firearm during the crime for a total of 154 months in prison. Sellers was sentenced to 26 months for bank robbery and a consecutive 84 months for using a firearm, while Walker was ordered to serve 84 months for his conviction of bank robbery.
Also convicted were Roderick Dewayne Anderson, 35, Esekier Hamm, 24, and Zebidiah Jerome Comb, 35, all also of Houston. Anderson is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 24, 2014, while Hamm and Comb are set for Sept. 25, 2014.
On July 31, 2013, Sellers, Williams, Hamm and Anderson entered the J.P. Morgan Chase Bank at 2611 West Lake Houston Drive in Kingwood, ordered the bank’s employees and customers to the floor and robbed the bank. Sellers was armed with a shotgun, while Williams, Hamm and Anderson had handguns.
Upon their exit, they became involved in a chase with officers with the Houston Police Department (HPD) and Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO). Walker drove the getaway car at a high rate of speed on West Lake Houston into Atascocita, while Comb, in a second vehicle, tried to obstruct officers in their chase of the robbers. Eventually, the getaway car struck two vehicles in the FM 1960 area, disabling the vehicle. After a short foot pursuit, Sellers, Williams, Walker, Anderson and Hamm were apprehended and arrested. Comb was later arrested for his role in the robbery.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force, which is comprised of personnel from the FBI, HPD and HCSO. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard D. Hanes is prosecuting the case.