Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

August 19, 2013

Crimestoppers offers reward for information about alleged gas station robber

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

CHEROKEE COUNTY — A Jacksonville man accused of committing a series of gas station robberies in 2011 did not show up in court to enter a plea, prompting authorities to issue a warrant for his arrest and a $10,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

Ray Hawkins, Jr., 29, is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He was slated to appear in Cherokee County District Court on Aug. 8 but did not appear. The judge subsequently issued a failure to appear-aggravated robbery warrant. Aggravated robbery is a first degree felony.

According to Jacksonville Police Det. Greg Compton, Hawkins was involved in two armed robberies of businesses in the city of Jacksonville in addition to the robbery of a convenience store in Cherokee County.  

“Firearms were used in the commission of these robberies,” Compton said in a news release. “The others involved in these cases have been convicted and sentenced.”

Cherokee County Crimestoppers — phone number 903-586-7867 — is the entity offering the $10,000 reward for his capture.