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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Hearing chosen in ill-fated robbery attempt

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  • The attorney for a gun-toting holdup man who tried to commit an early-morning robbery at a fast food restaurant last month told prosecutors Tuesday his client wants a preliminary hearing in the case charging him with attempted first-degree robbery and possession of methamphetamine.
    First Assistant District Attorney Heather Cooper confirmed a preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. June 12 for Edgar Chambers. The preliminary hearing was scheduled following a conference between prosecutors and Chambers’ attorney, Eric Jones.
    Chambers was arrested April 2 after Ardmore police responded to Whataburger about 1:15 a.m. to a robbery-in-progress report. Capt. Keith Ingle, APD Patrol Division, said officers were told Chambers pointed a gun at a clerk and demanded money. But apparently after making the demand, Chambers decided a holdup wasn’t a good idea and fled the eatery, located in the 900 block of Holiday Drive.
    Officer Chris Mata, APD Patrol Division, was responding to the robbery-in-progress call and spotted Chambers fleeing the restaurant’s parking lot and heading toward Pecan Creek Apartment.
    Ingle, who also responded, said Mata ordered Chambers to stop, and when he continued to flee, the officer “attempted to taze him, but the heavy jacket Chambers was wearing made the attempt ineffective.”
    Chambers entered an apartment, slamming the door in an effort to keep police at bay. However, he was apprehended within minutes.
    Ingle said a search warrant of the apartment yielded the weapon Chambers had carried as well as methamphetamine.
    Chambers was booked into the Carter County Detention Center and charged. He made an initial appearance in district court April 3, where a bond of $75,000 was set.
    Chambers currently remains incarcerated at the county jail pending the posting of bond.
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