WACO (April 17, 2013)--A man charged in the knifepoint theft of four snakes from a Waco pet store was indicted Wednesday by the McLennan County Grand Jury.
Ramando Hughes, 24, was named in two indictments charging aggravated robbery in connection with the Feb. 13 incident, in which a man walked into the store at 4600 Franklin Avenue and asked to see some snakes.
A clerk at the store brought out four snakes, a python, two corn snakes and a Mexican king snake.
As clerk headed to the checkout counter, the man placed the snakes in a box and began to leave without paying.
The clerk confronted him and the man pulled out a knife and threatened to kill her if she tried to stop him or follow him.
Later that evening police in Itasca attempted to stop a man for a traffic violation but the driver attempted to run down an officer and sped away, Itasca police Detective George Willoughby said.
Willoughby said the driver was clocked at 102 miles per hour, heading north on I-35.
Police finally were able to stop the speeding driver after DPS troopers laid spike strips near Waxahachie.
Hughes was arrested at the scene.
When police searched the silver Silverado pickup truck, they found a knife, and the four snakes that they later learned had been stolen earlier in the evening from the PetSmart store.
Willoughby also said officers determined the pickup truck was stolen and that the driver was wanted on a warrant out of Killeen charging aggravated robbery in an incident at a Killeen convenience store.
Representatives of PetSmart went to Itasca the next day and retrieved the snakes.