ALMA — A fifth person was arrested earlier this week in connection with a rural Harlan County armed robbery.
Davontay Wilcox, 25, of Kearney was arrested Tuesday in Kearney on a Harlan County warrant following an investigation by the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol and the Kearney Police Department. Wilcox allegedly was involved with the March 11 armed robbery of an elderly couple in their Harlan County house.
Wilcox, who is being held at the Buffalo County Jail, is charged with five felonies: conspiracy to commit a 1C felony, use of a firearm to commit a felony, robbery, burglary and making terroristic threats.
He also faces misdemeanor charges of assault in the third-degree and criminal mischief.
Wilcox’s records were sealed initially so that law enforcement had an opportunity to make the arrest before the information became public and for the safety of the officers, said Harlan County Attorney Bryan McQuay, who expected the records to be unsealed by the end of the week.
On March 11, the couple were robbed at gunpoint at 7:30 a.m. at their home along Highway 136 between Oxford and Orleans. The suspects, later identified as Brock Teel, 29; Rylie Bryson, 18; Jake George, 22; and Damecius Grigsby, 23, all of Kearney, allegedly forced their way into the house, confronted the couple and stole $1,000, collectible coins and a cell phone.
Bryson, George and Grigsby each are charged with four felonies: use of a firearm to commit a felony, robbery, burglary and terroristic threats, and misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and criminal mischief. Teel waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Harlan County Court on charges of using a firearm to commit a felony, robbery, burglary and terroristic threats, all felonies.
A trial date for Teel hasn’t been set. He remains in custody at the Harlan County Jail. Bryson, George and Wilcox are scheduled to appear in court later this month.
Bryson is being housed at the Harlan County Jail. George has a medical furlough but remains in Harlan County custody. Authorities are waiting word on Grigsby’s extradition to Nebraska after he was arrested in Louisiana.
Teel and Bryson were arrested March 20 at a Minden house after a standoff with authorities. Sarah Rockefeller, 26, of Minden was arrested that same day after the NSP Swat Team served a search warrant on her house where Teel and Bryson were located, according to an affidavit.
During an interview after her arrest, court records indicate Rockefeller and her girlfriend went to Kearney during the week of March 11 to pick up Teel and Bryson after the duo said they were in trouble and needed a place to stay. Rockefeller told police that Bryson and Teel had been staying at her house since that time, and the pair hadn’t left for more than six to 12 hours at a time since they began staying with her, records say. Rockefeller claimed she did not know until March 20 that Bryson and Teel had warrants for their arrest in connection to the Harlan County robbery.
Rockefeller has been charged in Kearney County Court with two counts of felony accessory to a felony and one count of misdemeanor accessory to a felony. She is being held at the Buffalo County Jail on a $50,000 bond.