The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

September 24, 2010

Grand jury indictments: Rusk man indicted for aggravated robbery

By PAUL STONE
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — A 31-year-old Cherokee County man who allegedly assaulted a Verizon Wireless employee this past May during the course of a robbery has been indicted by an Anderson County grand jury.

Michael Roy Flanigan, 31, of Rusk was indicted last month on the felony charge of aggravated robbery, according to information released by the Anderson County district clerk’s office.

Authorities have said Flanigan and 20-year-old Serenda McMichael of Jacksonville assaulted a 51-year-old Verizon Wireless employee around 8 a.m. on May 17 after the man had responded to one of the company’s cell phone towers off of U.S. 79 outside of Neches near the intersection of FM 2574.

The employee was responding to a power failure alarm received by the company approximately 45 minutes earlier, authorities have said.

Flanigan and the female suspect were in the process of attempting to steal copper and aluminum wire when the employee arrived at the location, according to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor.

Authorities have said Flanigan attempted to flee the scene in the employee’s company vehicle and kicked the employee multiple times in the stomach and chest during a struggle over possession of the vehicle.

While Flanigan was tussling with the Verizon employee, the sheriff said McMichael started a Chevrolet dually pickup, striking the employee’s company vehicle and pushing it approximately 15 feet.

Flanigan and McMichael ultimately fled the scene in the Chevrolet pickup, according to the sheriff.

The Verizon employee sustained minor injuries and did not require medical treatment, the sheriff said.

Total damage caused by the suspects was estimated at $5,310.

Flanigan was arrested by Cherokee County authorities one week after the alleged offense on May 24, while McMichael was arrested by Cherokee County authorities a few days following her co-suspect’s arrest.

Other indictments handed down by the grand jury on Aug. 12 included:

Evading Arrest/Detention with a Vehicle

Frederick Stephens, 52, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Feb. 1, 2010.

David Roberts, 50, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Jan. 5, 2010.

Theft of a Firearm

Joseph Cole, 25, Elkhart, date of alleged offense, March 25, 2009.

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

Charles Scott, 60, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Jan. 13, 2010.

Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 1 Gram

Charles Scott, 60, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Jan. 13, 2010.

Bridget Ferguson, 30, Palestine, date of alleged offense, April 12, 2010.

Shaun Washington, 25, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Jan. 30, 2010.

Charles Donnell, 57, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Feb. 14, 2010.

Gerardo Castillo, 23, Arlington, date of alleged offense, April 3, 2010.

Theft By Check $1,500-to-$20,000


Marley Kennedy, 42, Palestine, date of alleged offense, May 27, 2010.

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Philip Burge, 50, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Feb. 17, 2010.

Burglary of a Building

Steven Chapman, 33, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Aug. 23, 2009.

Theft of Property Less Than $1,500

Connie Cameron, 43, Crockett, date of alleged offense, Feb. 7, 2010 (two or more previous convictions).

Donna Rogers, 41, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Feb. 20, 2010 (two or more previous convictions).

DWI - Third or More

Robert Clayton, 45, Palestine, date of alleged offense, April 16, 2010.

Kevin Kadlecek, 37, Cleveland, date of alleged offense, April 9, 2010.

Herbert Roach Jr., 29, Waco, date of alleged offense, March 9, 2009.

Kenneth Miller, 43, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Dec. 8, 2009.

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Drumell Dawson, 19, Elkhart, date of alleged offense, March 31, 2010.

Torrey Lee Walker, 22, Grapeland, date of alleged offense, March 31, 2010.

DWI with Child Passenger Under 15 Years of Age

Courtnee Posey, 21, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Feb. 13, 2010.

Aggravated Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury

Christian Gonzales, 21, Palestine, date of alleged offense, July 29, 2009.

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Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com