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Authorities: Burned body, 2 arrests connected to $1.3 million Houston armored truck heist

January 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities: Burned body, 2 arrests connected to $1.3 million Houston armored truck heist

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How police say burned body, 2 arrests connected to $1.3 million armored truck heist

Authorities in Houston and the FBI are still investigating the armored truck in what looked like a “scene in a Hollywood movie.”

Three suspects are accused of robbing over $1 million in cash in broad daylight the day after Christmas.

Only one of those men has been captured. Another is free, and the third is believed to have been killed, according to Click2Houston.

On December 26th, a Garda armored truck guard made a routine pickup at a Frost Bank.

He was approached in the parking lot by armed men sporting masks who forced him to give them two currency pouches that contained $1,387,000.

Denzel D. Miles

Denzel Miles, 25, was immediately identified as a suspect. He’d formerly worked for the company as a courier on the same route but was terminated last October after he declined to participate in an internal robbery investigation.

Police apprehended Miles on December 28th. Officers said Miles was armed with a pistol and had over $14,000 in his car.

According to court documents, Miles confessed to being involved in the robbery and told officers that he’d stashed his cut of the stolen cash at a friend’s apartment.

Investigators searched the apartment and found an additional $396,000 stuffed in a closet.

Miles identified another suspect in the theft as 28-year-old Ronald Freeman.

Ronald Freeman

Only two days after the incident, a friend reported Freeman missing.

Officers discovered his body on an isolated dirt road in Southeast Houston. He remains were set on fire.

The Harris County Medical Examiner is working to ascertain the cause of Freeman’s death.

Detectives identified a third suspect, 20-year-old Davione Owens, after Freeman’s body was recovered.

Davione Owens

Owens came to Freeman’s apartment and told a woman there he was going to leave the country. Miles later named him as the third suspect involved in the armored truck heist.

Owens has been charged with armed robbery along with Miles.

Owens is in custody after he was arrested by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force.

Miles is awaiting trial after he posted a $40,000 bond.

Investigators are trying to learn what happened to Freeman, and also what happened to the hundreds of thousands of dollars he took from the theft.

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