Three men accused in a residential robbery and a bank robbery faced a judge on Thursday. All three have criminal pasts and two of them have spent years in prison. Investigators said the men had a plan to rob a bank in Orange City at any cost.
Christopher Donaldson, 36, Winsor Verdell Lyles, 32, and Stacy Taylor, 32, were charged with robbery with a weapon after they were caught hiding in a wooded area along the Seminole-Volusia county line on Wednesday. A judge gave them no bond and requested they be sent to the Volusia County Jail to face the music.
Deputies said these three drove from Orlando to DeBary, looking for a car to steal. Luis Pagan just happened to be in his garage with his Lincoln parked out front.
"The guys came with the guns, pointed guns at me ask me for my car keys, which I had in my pocket," Pagan said.
Deputies said the three then drove the stolen car to the TD Bank in Orange City and held the place up, even firing several shots inside. Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said he's glad they caught the trio so quickly.
"These are bad dudes. They all have extensive criminal histories."
Donaldson, also known as Travis Jackson, has been behind bars three times -- six years in prison on a robbery conviction back in 1996. Six months after getting out, he was arrested and sentenced again to two months for another robbery and carjacking. A year after getting out, he was sentenced to another 9 years in prison for yet another robbery, carjacking and fleeing. He just got out of prison two weeks ago.
Lyles Jr. was charged with first-degree murder in a burglary case in Orange County. He was just 17 years old at the time and spent 14 years in state prison. He was released last November.
Taylor was given community supervision for a drug possession charge in 2009. He is still on felony probation.
Sheriff Johnson said these suspects are an example of how the justice system has flaws.
"The best way to cure that, is to put them in and not let them back out again!" he said.