Temple, TX (KWKT) — On Thursday, at about 4:49 a.m., Temple Police responded to a reported robbery that had just occurred in the 400 block of Fryer’s Creek Drive.
Officers arrived on scene meeting with the victim; they were advised that a female suspect, who was known to the victim, came to the door of the victim’s apartment. The resident reported opening the door for the female to enter the apartment.
A white male suspect followed the female inside the apartment, and at least one other white male followed behind the first two suspects. The victim was able to provide a first name of the female to officers, but could provide no other information at that time.
The victim told officers that once all the suspects were inside the apartment; they began to punch and beat him. The suspects then took several items from the apartment without the victim’s permission before fleeing in an unknown direction.
On Thursday, May 9, 2013, an officer on patrol observed a suspect, James Leonard Malady, a 26 year old Temple man, operating a U-haul truck.
The officer knew that Mr. Malady does not have a valid driver’s license and conducted a traffic stop for the offense. Mr. Malady was taken into custody for driving without a license and he gave officers consent to search the vehicle. During the search of the truck officers located an amount of marijuana; as well as, items that had been reported stolen during the robbery on Fryer’s Creek.
The passenger of the vehicle, Benjamin Troche, a 35 year old Temple man was also taken into custody at the scene.
Both men were transported to the Bell County Jail. The robbery investigation continues today and the case is will be reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office at a later time.