Killeen: Teens rob local ride share driver, say ‘they needed money for food’

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Three teenagers have been charged after a Killeen ride share driver reported that a passenger put a gun to her head, struck her and then threatened to kill her if “she didn’t give him the money,” an arrest affidavit released Wednesday says.

Jazzreal Ellis, 17, (left) DeMarcus Jones, 19, (center) and Denzel Jones, 17, (right) were charged with aggravated robbery. (Jail photos)

Denzel Jones, 17, DeMarcus Jones, 19, and Jazzreal Ellis, 17, were charged with aggravated robbery in connection with the Oct. 12 holdup.

They’re held in the Bell County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bonds.

The victim, who drives for Get-U-There, told officers she picked up three passengers, identified in the affidavit as the three teens, at 5411 Eagles Nest Dr.

"I had gotten a call to take someone to the Dollar Tree," she told KWTX.

After the three got into her vehicle, she told police, one of the teens pulled out a gun, “put it to her head and told her to give him the money, the affidavit says.

She told police that the teenager then hit her in the side of the head and told her that he was going to kill her if she didn’t give him the money,” the affidavit said.

When one of the teens tried to break into the vehicle’s center console, she “grabbed for the gun,” the affidavit says.

"When he leaned forward, I ended up grabbing the gun and I pushed him back. That's when he basically came back forward and hit me in the face with the gun," she said.

Then one of the teens grabbed a phone and a laptop computer and all three ran, the affidavit says.

The woman provided officers with descriptions of the three and an officer in the area spotted one of them, identified in the affidavit as DeMarcus Jones.

Police took the victim to the scene of the arrest and she confirmed he was one of the three passengers.

Jones later admitted to the robbery and told police that his brother, Denzel Jones, and a friend, he identified as Ellis were with him.

He said “they decided to rob someone because they needed money for food.”

Investigators obtained surveillance video from a home nearby and confirmed that the phone number from which Get-U-There was called was associated with Denzel Jones.

"I'm glad they're not here because it could have happened to anybody. It could have been worse. I just don't want anyone to have to experience what I've experienced," the driver said.

The driver tells KWTX her phone and laptop are still missing. Her laptop, she says, was being used to take online classes.