Teens accused in home invasion robbery

Trio allegedly took cellphones and game system, threatened to kill mother

TEXARKANA, Texas -- A teen and a man accused of committing an armed, home invasion robbery are being held in the Bowie County jail with bail set at $500,000 each.

Charles "Chuckie" Routier, 17, Hunter Andrew Rowe, 22, and a third man, 18, are accused of kicking in the front door of an apartment at 39 Riverbend in the early hours of May 31, according to a probable cause affidavit. The third man named in the affidavit has not been arrested, court records show.

Individuals accused of criminal conduct in Texas are handled in the adult criminal justice system at age 17.

Routier allegedly carried a 12-gauge shotgun, Rowe allegedly carried a handgun, and the third man allegedly carried an AR-style rifle. Five people described being threatened with death and held at gunpoint while the men took their phones, a television and an Xbox.

The alleged victims told investigators they recognized two of the men, including Routier, because they went to school with them. Routier allegedly wore a hoodie drawn tightly around his face that did not completely conceal his face or his hair, allowing the five friends who had gathered to play games to identify him.

Routier allegedly struck a young woman in the face before asking her if she was "good."

Rowe allegedly threatened to shoot all five. The third man allegedly put his weapon to the mouth of an alleged victim. The mother of one of the five friends held at gunpoint was sleeping in a bedroom at the time of the alleged robbery. One of the robbers allegedly referred to the mother by a nickname that is not well-known to others and allegedly suggested killing her.

The five alleged victims reported that they recognized the voices of Routier and the third man.

Bowie County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the apartment at approximately 1:30 a.m. May 31.

The stolen cellphones were allegedly discovered smashed in the parking lot. The Xbox was allegedly recovered from Routier's girlfriend's residence.

Routier and Rowe face five to 99 years or life in prison on each of five counts of aggravated robbery if convicted.

The cases have been assigned to 202nd District Judge John Tidwell.

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