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Two charged in Terry Hershey Park trail crime spree

Authorities in Houston have released the identities of two men arrested Monday afternoon, January 6, and charged with a series of crimes committed along and near a local hike and bike trail. HPD sources say that the men, identified as Damontres Darnell Mitchell and Jassan Rashaad Hughes, both of whom are 18, were charged Wednesday with one count of sexual assault and two of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Hughes was held without bond while Mitchell was released under $30,000 bond.

Over a period dating back to mid-December, the men are believed to have stopped cyclists and joggers along and near the Terry Hershey Park hike and bike trail on Buffalo Bayou in west Houston at least six times. Each time the men brandished a weapon and took the victim's valuables. They have also been charged with sexually assaulting and robbing a female jogger in a bathroom near where the trail crosses under Eldridge Parkway. This assault took place the morning of January 3.

Police officials say that the two men were spotted Monday afternoon driving a vehicle stolen during a robbery that also took place on Friday. When police officers stopped the vehicle, the two men fled on foot and were later apprehended. A third occupant of the vehicle was not charged.

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