Documents: Abilene men accused of robbing 10 victims during poker game

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Three Abilene men arrested for Aggravated Robbery are accused using firearms to take thousands of dollars from victims playing a poker game, according to a search warrant released Thursday.

The search warrant was executed at a home on the 5700 block of Pueblo Drive Wednesday, leading to the arrest of 6 suspects. Jamar Sims, Chazsman Small, and Michael Payne are all charged with Aggravated Robbery, and Payne is also facing a drug charge. 

3 other suspects, Douglas Sims, Shayla McKelvie, and Megan Stewart, are all facing drug charges and Sims is also charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. 

All arrests stem from an incident that happened at a poker game taking place inside a building on the 3800 block of Stewart Road on October 4, 2017.

The search warrant states Douglas Sims, who is a regular at these late-night poker games, was in attendance the night the robbery occurred. 

Witnesses told police he was exhibiting odd behavior, such as showing up early, counting all the chips on the table, buying back into larger pots, leaving to make phones calls, cashing out early, and constantly text messaging, according to the warrant. 

30 minutes before 3 men carrying an assault rifle, a handgun, and a revolver entered the building and robbed the victims, the warrant states Douglas Sims was caught on camera sending a text message then cashing out. 

Around $8,000 in cash, including two bank bags, as well as cell phones, and a DVR was stolen during the robbery, according to the warrant, which states the suspects left one DVR, allowing police to review surveillance video of the crime. This video shows a fourth suspect waiting in a vehicle outside. 

During the subsequent investigation, 2 of the armed suspects who went into the building during the robbery were identified as Jamar Sims and Michael Payne, according to the warrant. Chazsman Small was also identified as the driver of the vehicle. 

The following items were seized from the Pueblo Drive home during the search warrant execution: 

  • Personal papers
  • Cell phones
  • Ammunition
  • Firearms
  • Shoes
  • Firearm accessories
  • Drug paraphernalia

BigCountryHomepage will continue to seek additional information on this case. Check back for any updates. 

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