Nine men have been indicted for their alleged roles in a string of Houston-area bank robberies that included the
shooting of an off-duty Harris County sheriff's sergeant. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson says the 18-count indictment unsealed Friday alleges the crime spree began in 2007 and ended in September when eight of nine suspects were arrested.
The other suspect remains at large. The charges range from conspiracy to interfere with commerce through robbery to possessing and/or discharging a firearm during a violent crime.
Authorities say the robbers brandished Uzi-style weapons, pistols and shotguns and targeted credit unions and banks inside grocery stores.
Sgt. Michael Ellison was shot when he confronted two suspects after a robbery in Sugar Land in August. He has recovered and attended a news conference announcing the indictments.