Posted on May 13, 2013

Ramando Juquain Hughes was recently indicted by a McLennan County grand jury on two enhanced counts of aggravated robbery after an unbelievable incident in February. Hughes went on a crime spree through his hometown, Killeen, and through Waco.

In Killeen, Hughes stole a pickup truck and then went to a local store. He allegedly assaulted the clerk with a wooden baton and robbed the store. After he left, he went to PetSmart in Waco. While there, he asked for two corn snakes, a Mexican black king snake, and a ball python. Store employees put the snakes in plastic containers, and Hughes placed those containers inside a box. Instead of paying for the four snakes, he simply tried to leave. When the clerk confronted him, he took out a knife and threatened to kill the clerk. He then left the store.

About an hour after the incident, Itasca police tried to stop him, but he continued to speed around 100 mph and refused to stop. The officers finally had to use spike strips across the road to stop him. The vehicle had already been reported stolen in Killeen, and the snakes were taken back to the PetSmart.

Hughes appeared to have no remorse for his crimes, opting to stick his tongue out in his mug shot. The charges against him were enhanced because of a prior felony conviction for arson in Bell County. Now he faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest, resisting arrest, and grand theft auto. The enhancement means that if found guilty, the minimum sentence Hughes will face is from five to 15 years in prison.

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