KEMAH — A man told officers he woke up at a Kemah motel early Monday to the sight of three men in his room, one of them wielding a pistol and demanding the money in a nearby safe, police said.
Kemah police Sgt. James Heard said the man told officers he was asleep in a room at the Palace Inn, 1411 state Highway 146, shortly before 5 a.m. when he heard the sound of glass shattering.
The man told police three men broke into the motel room, threatened him with a handgun then put a small safe containing about $67,000 in cash into a duffel bag before fleeing, Heard said.
The man who reported the alleged robbery told police the money in the safe was from an insurance settlement he received after an automobile accident last year, Heard said.
Officers from the Kemah Police Department, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and Clear Lake Shores Police Department searched the area and found three men matching descriptions given by the reported robbery victim at a nearby Super 8 motel, Heard said.
Two of the men and a woman were driving away when they were stopped by police and arrested after a pistol wrapped in a white shirt with apparent bloodstains was found under the front seat of the car, Heard said.
Police arrested another man in a separate vehicle at the scene after officers found a duffel bag, a safe and money inside the car, Heard said.
Lajerric Demar George, 22, Danny Tyrone Simmons, 28, and Ashten Nicole Carter, 21, all of Dickinson, were charged with aggravated robbery and booked into the Galveston County Jail on bonds ranging from $40,000 to $80,000.
William Richard Campbell, 37, of Pasadena, was charged with aggravated robbery and held on a $250,000 bond.
All four have lengthy criminal records, Heard said.