FAIRFIELD — An ex-con who police say made a recent effort at getting away with his crime by using a failed threat of “don’t tell on me or else,” was in court briefly Thursday.
Joshua D. Davenport faces felony armed robbery, assault and threat charges for what he allegedly did at a Vacaville U-Haul shop on the afternoon of Jan. 5.
Davenport, a parolee, walked into the East Monte Vista Avenue dealership and complained about a trailer he and his wife Jessika had rented a few hours earlier for their one-way move to Waskom, Texas, a small town on the Texas-Louisiana border.
The same clerk who earlier got their vehicle information and their driver’s license for the trailer rental walked out into the rental yard with Davenport, who allegedly pulled a gun at the same time two masked companions also pulled their guns, according to court records.
Police say the group went back into the dealership and robbed the employees as video cameras recorded the takeover heist.
The three robbers fled the shop, but not before Davenport allegedly told the clerk he better not tell police about his earlier visit to the store because he knew where he lived and would get him.
The clerk was unswayed by Davenport’s menace, police said.
The Davenports and their kids did not make it to Waskom. They only got as far as Gilroy – a bit more than 100 miles from their Suisun City apartment, where sheriff’s deputies had planned to evict them for not paying the rent. Among the things left behind in the apartment were a mask, gloves and a methamphetamine pipe.
Five days after the robbery, Vacaville police and a local police SWAT team found the Davenports at a Gilroy hotel. They were arrested and the children with them were turned over to authorities.
Davenport has pleaded not guilty and was ordered to return to court Feb. 27 when a date for a probable cause hearing may be set. Jessika Davenport is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 31. His long and violent criminal history dates back to 1999. Her criminal record dates back to 2006.
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