Williamson Co. duo charged with attacking elderly man

Sherman Houston (left) and Geneva Arocha

TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) – A Williamson County man and woman were charged with aggravated robbery after police say they attacked an 83-year-old man inside his home and stole several hundred dollars.

Police found the elderly man along a rural stretch of County Road 414 north of Taylor during the evening hours of Jan. 31. His hands were tied behind his back with a phone cord.

The man told police he received a call earlier in the day from a woman, later identified as Geneva Arocha, asking for money. For an unknown reason, he agreed to let Arocha and another man pick him up and take him to a bank in downtown Taylor. He withdrew $700 – with Arocha by his side – and got back in the vehicle, the affidavit says.

Later that night, the victim said two men kicked in the back door of his home and rushed towards him. One of the men punched him in the face and tied his hands together before taking the $700 from his pocket.

A few days later, the victim was able to identify Arocha and one of the men who broke into his home in a photo lineup, the document said.

Police interviewed the male suspect, identified as 50-year-old Sherman Houston, on Feb. 10. Sherman admitted to driving the victim to the bank and being present later that night during the robbery, according to the affidavit.

Court documents did not say how the victim ended up in the road.

Houston was booked into the Williamson County Jail on $60,000 bond. Online records show he has been arrested 19 times in Williamson County, dating back to 1999.

Police also charged Arocha with aggravated robbery and bail was set at $60,000.

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