One suspect free on bond, 2nd arrested after string of local robberies

Ayorinde Gibson (left) and Parrish Cobb. (Jail photos)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A former La Vega High School football standout who committed first to Baylor and then ended up at Oklahoma is free on bond and a second suspect is in custody after a string of armed robberies earlier this month.

OU freshman cornerback Parrish Cobb, 19, was released on $90,000 bond Wednesday morning after he was charged with three counts of aggravated robbery.

Ayorinde Gibson, 20, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by U.S. Marshals on a warrant stemming from the same investigation.

Gibson remained in the McLennan County Jail Thursday charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of theft.

A $30,000 bond was set on one aggravated robbery charge, but bonds were pending on the others.

Gibson has had brushes with the law in the past, police say.

He has prior arrests for aggravated robbery, possession of marijuana and aggravated assault, but has not been convicted on any of those charges.

Waco police arrested Gibson on Jan. 30, 2016, in connection with the theft of a woman’s purse, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

A report filed in connection with the incident says Gibson was a passenger in a vehicle that went to a home in the 3600 block of North 24th St., where he met with several women he knew.

One of the women reported she had a purse over her shoulder, which a man grabbed and ripped away from her as he pushed her to the ground.

The assailant ran back to the car and fled.

The woman knew her attacker and reported his name to police, Swanton said.

Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant and took Gibson into custody on May 5, 2016.

Oklahoma has suspended Cobb, who turned himself in late Tuesday after an arrest warrant was issued in connection with the most recent holdup at around 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 10 at a convenience store in the 100 block of East Loop 340, where a 27-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint.

The victim told officers that a Dodge Challenger pulled up next to him, a man got out of the passenger side of the car, pulled a pistol and demanded his wallet.

The day after the Bellmead robbery, Waco police officer Sabrena Swanton found the black Dodge linked to the robbery in the 1300 block of Calumet Avenue, an arrest warrant affidavit said.

The car had a temporary license tag, but also displayed a University of Oklahoma parking permit that the university confirmed had been issued to Cobb, the affidavit said.

The affidavit identifies Cobb as the driver of the car at the time of the three robberies and Gibson as the actual robber.

Police think the Bellmead robbery is connected to two other armed robberies on or near the Baylor campus.

At around 11:15 p.m. Jan. 7, officers responded to a report of an armed holdup in a parking lot adjacent to the McLane Student Life Center on the Baylor campus.

The victim told police he was backing out of a parking space when what he described as a black sports car with tinted windows pulled up behind him and stopped.

A man got out of the passenger side of the car, walked up to the victim’s car, pulled the driver’s side door open, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

The victim wasn’t injured.

Then at around 9:50 p.m. on Jan. 10, about 90 minutes before the Bellmead robbery, a man was walking in the 1700 block of South 5th Street near Seventh and James Baptist Church when a black sports car with tinted windows pulled up next to him.

He told officers a man got out of the passenger side of the vehicle, walked up to him, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

The vehicle was last seen headed west on James Avenue.

Cobb, a May 2016 La Vega graduate, committed first to Baylor, but requested and was granted a release after head coach Art Briles was fired in late May.

On July 1, he committed to Oklahoma, where he played in only four games during his freshman year because of injuries.