A Henderson County Grand Jury indicted a Tyler man for aggravated robbery in connection with several December 2008 hold-ups on Thursday.

Aaron Lamon Muse’s, 40, case was among the 107 true bills returned by the grand jury, seated in January.

Muse is currently in the Smith County Jail facing multiple charges including aggravated robberies in Henderson and Wood Counties and a parole violation.

He became the focus of a manhunt after Jan. 2 robberies at the Family Dollar store in Lindale and the Super Food Mart in Mineola. Shortly after the Mineola robbery police found a truck parked along the roadway. An officer did a routine run of the license plate number then left the vehicle. A short time later Mineola officers were dispatched to the Super Food Mart on a robbery call.

Authorities gathered evidence that linked the robberies to Muse. He was arrested and booked into the Smith County Jail on Jan. 14.

The Muse arrest came as law officers in Henderson County were attempting to solve several local robberies reported in November and December of 2008. In late December, the kiosk at the Malakoff Brookshire’s was held up. That was followed by a Dec. 28 robbery at the Brookshire’s kiosk in Athens. Two days later, on Dec. 30, the Malakoff kiosk was once again hit by a robber.

Malakoff Police Sgt. Floyd Thomas noticed news reports of the Lindale and Mineola robberies and on Jan. 7, contacted Athens Police Detective Bill Carlow who was heading the APD investigation. Carlow traveled to the Mineola-Lindale area and reviewed the video of the robberies there. In those videos, the suspect appeared to match the description of the Athens robber. The assailant was wearing similar clothing — and was carrying what appeared to be the same type handgun.

He also recognized the truck in the video from the one he had seen in surveillance footage from Athens.

The grand jury also indicted three Chandler residents concerning the discovery of a 42-year-old man who had been locked inside a room without adequate care, for an extended period of time.

True bills were returned against Alyssia Dawn Johnson, 19, Roy Adrian Johnson, 48 and Lea Marnell Johnson, 45.

According to Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports on March 4, Chandler police went to a residence on County Road 3409 to serve a local warrant on Mr. Johnson. While at the residence, officers were granted permission to search for the suspect.

According to reports, Lehman and Wilson found a door at the residence that locked from the outside. The officers opened the door and found a man identified as Kerry Paul Cotton sitting on a bare twin bed, wearing a large sweater and an adult diaper. He was described as thin and dirty, with a scruffy beard.

HCSO deputies determined that Cotton was unable to communicate with officers.

Bell contacted Adult Protective Services, who took custody of Cotton.

Alyssia Johnson was arrested at the scene. She was booked into the Henderson County Jail with bond set at $100,000 on a charge of injury to a disabled individual.

Deputies obtained warrants for the other suspects who were subsequently arrested.

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