An arrest affidavit provides more details on a car robbery in early July at a Cedar Park HEB grocery store that had a mother and her children in fear of being assaulted.
Authorities charged Brandon Hovey, 42, with robbery in relation to a car-jacking July 7 at the HEB grocery store at 2800 E. Whitestone Blvd. If found guilty, he could face as many as 20 years in prison.
Prior to police charging Hovey with robbery, he had already been arrested and booked into Travis County jail for an unrelated warrant from another agency, officials said.
The affidavit says on July 7 a woman and her two children were sitting in a compact SUV in front of HEB when a man later identified as Hovey approached the driver-side door.
The man ordered the family to get out of the vehicle “or something bad was going to happen,” it says. Because the woman was afraid the man would hurt her and her children, she exited the vehicle with her kids and fled the area.
When police arrived on the scene, the affidavit says they located near the scene a stolen vehicle from San Antonio that was inoperable.
After authorities posted an advisory on the suspect, a Lago Vista police officer told authorities he had seen Hovey in that area driving the abandoned vehicle, the affidavit says. A citizen also notified police that the suspect was likely his relative, Brandon Hovey, it says.
The affidavit says Hovey declined to speak when questioned by detectives.