Crawford, Texas (KWTX) – A man who was shot in the back of the neck and paralyzed during a burglary earlier this week managed to contact authorities by activating the OnStar device in his car after his alleged assailants left him dead.
McLennan County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested James Ashful Bledsoe, 32, of Marlin, and Brian Matthew Cook, 37, of Crawford, and are looking for a woman they also believe was involved in the man’s robbery and assault on October 21, 2600. Galaxy Road block in Crawford.
Bledsoe, who was arrested on Wednesday, remains imprisoned on bonds totaling $730,000, while Cook, who was arrested Thursday, remains imprisoned on bonds totaling $375,000. Bledsoe is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated robbery, engaging in organized activity and tampering with physical evidence. Cook is charged with aggravated theft, engaging in organized criminal activity, and tampering with physical evidence.
Representatives are also looking for a woman who they claim lured the victim to the home in Crawford, where he was shot and robbed.
According to the sworn arrest certificates, MPs were called to the scene regarding a report of a suspicious vehicle. While they were on their way, dispatchers were notified by OnStar that a man in the same location had been shot and needed help.
The affidavit alleges that the woman who reported the suspicious car is the woman MPs are trying to locate her alleged involvement in the accident.
Representatives found Cook and Bledsoe there and arrested Bledsoe based on a pending warrant, alleging an affidavit. Representatives obtained a search warrant and found a video system that captured the accident, the affidavit said.
Representatives claim that the woman and the shooting victim were “loafers”. He left about an hour later, but the woman reportedly texted him to go home. While the victim and woman were seated in his car in the driveway, Bledsoe can be seen in a video wearing dark clothing and a mask and carrying an AR rifle, the affidavit alleges.
The victim told MPs that the man opened the passenger door and pointed the gun at him while he was in the driver’s seat. He said he grabbed the barrel of the gun and pushed it away from him. The gun fired a shot at the dashboard, and the masked man, later known as Bledsoe, told him to “undress and give him his things.”
The victim told MPs that he realized the woman had “set him up” to be robbed. The man said he complied with the man’s wishes and tried to leave in his car, which was apparently damaged by a bullet that penetrated the dashboard. He said the car wouldn’t go more than 5 miles per hour but he was able to get it out of the gate before it died in the driveway.
The affidavit alleges that Bledsoe can be seen in a video clip walking toward the car and firing a bullet that hit the man in the back of the neck. Cook, who was identified as the homeowner, the woman and Bledsoe moved the victim from the front seat to the back seat of the car, where Bledsoe was seen running through the man’s wallet and taking his cell phone.
Cook took the gun home, while the woman can be seen using her shirt sleeves to wipe door handles and other parts of the car.
“When (the victim) was interviewed, he described the incident and stated that he overheard two men talking and based on what they said, he believed they were going to drive to an unknown place to leave and the vehicle because of the males. The affidavit alleges.” The car was disabled due to the first shot and Bledsoe was unable to drive it. .
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