3rd suspect in Harris Co. bank robbery, shooting arrested


Oct. 4, 2010, 8:05PM

A tip to Crime Stoppers is being credited with the capture on Monday of the third suspect in a bank robbery last month where an off-duty Harris County sheriff's deputy was shot, authorities said.

Jay Garrison, 25, was charged with aggravated assault and bank robbery days after the Sept. 14 hold-up at the Preferred Bank branch on Stuebner Airline at Worcester.

"But this guy's been on the loose ever since," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Alfredo Perez with the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force.

Garrison was captured about 4 p.m. Monday after the Crime Stoppers tip pointed investigators to a home in the 3600 block of Lake Forest, officials said.

"He jumped over a couple of fences, but we had a good perimeter," Perez said.

Investigators said Garrison and two accomplices, Jerome Goody, 23, and Charles Davis, 22, stormed the bank at gunpoint and demanded cash from the tellers.

Harris County Sheriff's deputy Mitchell Bettin was working a part-time security job at the bank and exchanged gunfire with the robbers. He was struck in the hand and treated at Ben Taub General Hospital.

Soon after the hold-up, investigators learned that a man, later identified as Goody, had been dropped off at LBJ Hospital with a gunshot wound. He was later charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault against a public servant.

Davis was arrested a few hours later and also charged in the bank robbery.

Garrison was still being processed late Monday but will eventually be transferred to the Harris County Jail where his bail has been set at $60,000 for armed robbery and aggravated assault on a public servant.