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Man arrested, jailed on $225,000 bonds for aggravated robberies

February 21, 2019

The Sugar Land Police Department helped put a stop to a robbery ring with the coordinated help of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Robbery Division, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Rangers.

According to the Sugar Land PD, on Feb. 7, “an aggravated robbery occurred at the Walgreens store located in the 4700 block of Sweetwater. Multiple males entered the store armed with handguns and took cash.”

Working with the other entities, investigators “learned that the group was believed to be responsible for many robberies around the Houston Metro area.”

On Feb. 12, it is believed the same group robbed a Walgreens near Katy where two suspects were captured and two others were killed in a shootout with law enforcement.

“SLPD Detectives obtained a confession from one of the suspects for our robbery and an arrest warrant was served on him today (Thursday, Feb. 21) at the Fort Bend County Jail for aggravated robbery,” the department reported in a news release.

The suspect is identified as Joshua Dewayne Prater, 21, from Houston. He currently is booked into the Fort Bend County Jail on a $225,000 combined bond for the robberies.

Prater has just one previous charge in Fort Bend or Harris County. He was arrested for carrying a handgun in a motor vehicle while in possession of marijuana in 2018 but the charge was dismissed after he agreed to community service and complete a drug offender course.

rkent@hcnonline.com