A Wichita Falls man pleaded guilty Friday, June 27, to robbing two other men in the bathroom of Texas Showgirls, according to an article in the Wichita Falls Times Record News yesterday (June 28). Ervin Joseph Mack, 23, was sentenced to 10 years in the Texas penitentiary for his socially unacceptable behavior.
Members of the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to a call to the entertainment establishment at 411 N.Scott Avenue, during the early morning hours of Dec. 27. 2012. Officers responded quickly enough to catch Mack while he was still being entertained at the facility.
A bouncer and two other people welcomed police when they arrived at the entertainment center. The bouncer greeted them and two victims told officers a man had the bad manners to hold a gun on them while they were in the bathroom. He then added insult to injury by robbing them with a black automatic pistol.
The first victim was disappointed by the fact his iPhone 4 was taken from him by the defendant. He also told police his phone had a Dallas Mavericks logo set as the screeen background. Mack then instructed the two men to leave and provided them an escort out of the bathroom.
The suspect then followed an unusual escape strategy by remaining inside the club long enough for officers to arrive and arrest him. Following the victims' desciption, WFPD officers located Mack and placed handcuffs on him while he was still a guest inside Texas Showgirls.
Police arrested him for aggravated robbery when they found an iPhone 4 and money in his pockets. A subsequent search resulted in finding a black 9 mm Highpoint automatic handgun under the couch in the women's dressing room.
Judge Robert Brotherton approved a plea bargain between the Wichita County District Attorney's Office and the defense and sentenced Mack to 10 years in prison for two counts of robbery and seven years in prison for a drug charge. All three sentences will run concurrently.
Brotherton is presiding judge of the 30th District Court in Wichita Falls.
The drug conviction involved possession of more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams of cocaine.
Mack was originally charged by police with two counts of aggravated robbery (because of the gun) and one count of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.
Mack will be serving his 10-year sentence, all expenses paid by the taxpayers in one of the prison's plush cells. No word yet as to whether his accomodations will include a roommate or not. Room service will probably be provided as well. The Board of Pardons and Paroles will determine his exact checkout time from the facility.
This was an excellent example of great police work by WFPD to apprehend a suspect while he was still present at the crime scene.
Manuel Borrego is chief of police.
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