May 8, 2014

Arlington gang member sentenced to 75 years for role in armed robbery

Gerald “Double G” Griffin’s robbery attempt was foiled when the target grabbed a robber’s gun and fired, the Tarrant County district attorney’s office said.

A 29-year-old Arlington gang member was sentenced to 75 years in prison this week for an aggravated robbery in which the man targeted for robbery wrestled away a gun and fired back.

Gerald “Double G” Griffin was sentenced Wednesday on one count of aggravated robbery and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity, according to a news release from the Tarrrant County district attorney’s office.

During the trial in state District Judge’s Mike Thomas’ court, prosecutors Michelle Dobson and Keith Harris presented evidence that on Oct. 6, 2012, Griffin and two co-defendants drove to the Hillcrest Apartments in the 3700 block of Pinnacle Circle in Fort Worth.

Two of the men, wearing hooded sweatshirts and bandanas, approached a man and a woman talking inside a car, the release said. One man acted as the lookout while the other pointed a gun at the man and demanded, “Give me what you got.”

As the gunman tried to get inside the car, the man wrestled the gun away. Both robbers ran. The man fired several shots in their direction, hitting the robber who had been the lookout in the jaw and abdomen. He survived.

Griffin, known to be the leader of an Arlington criminal street gang, was arrested. Prosecutors presented evidence that he and his two accomplices had committed another robbery in Fort Worth that day and other robberies in Arlington during the previous week, the release said.

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