3 jailed after Livingston robbery

By Valerie Reddell

LIVINGSTON — Police have arrested three suspects in connection with an aggravated robbery in the parking lot the Pine Hill Apartments reported at 1:33 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3.

The victim described two men in a red Dodge four-door truck to officers after the incident, and identifying the driver by name.

While the victim stood at the passenger side of the vehicle, the white male passenger pointed a pistol at him, demanding money and all valuables in the victim’s possession.

The victim ran from the suspect, falling into a glass window during his attempt to escape.

EMS workers took the victim to the hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the robbery. He was later released.

Livingston police identified the driver of the truck as Hayden Niel Stanford, 18, of Livingston.

Huntsville police officers notified LPD that they also were investigating a home invasion robbery involving several suspects in a red Dodge four-door truck. Two of the suspects had been identified as Stanford and Hunter Branam, 23, of Livingston, HPD said.

The two agencies joined forces with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office who is also investigating two additional home invasions involving the same vehicle and suspects.

Arrest warrants were obtained for the arrest of Stanford and Branam on first degree felony charges of aggravated robbery.

After taking Stanford into custody, LPD investigators learned that some of the stolen property could be found in a local motel room rented by Branam.

The motel room was secured and District Judge Kaycee Jones granted LPD’s request for a search warrant.

While officers kept watch on the motel room, Branam returned in a dark color vehicle and retrieved a backpack from property hidden there.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver attempted to flee at a high rate of speed.

As the suspects evaded officers, objects were being thrown from the moving vehicle.

Officers eventually stopped the vehicle and detained the driver, identified as Branam’s sister Christa Branam, 24, of Livingston.

Investigators recovered the items thrown from the vehicle, which included stolen firearms.

During the subsequent search of the motel room, stolen property and illegal narcotics were recovered.

Hunter Branam recently was released from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on parole until November 2019. That parole could be revoked with the new felony charges he faces. Hunter Branam and Christa Branam were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, theft of a firearm, tampering with evidence and evading arrest in a vehicle, in addition to the aggravated robbery charges filed on Branam and Stanford by Huntsville Police Department.

All three departments have ongoing investigations and additional charges are expected.

Contact Valerie Reddell by email at newsdirector@polkcountypublishing.com or call (936) 327-4357, Ext. 1013.