Archie Shirley

THRALL – A man is behind bars after he is accused of beating and robbing his former boss of $14,000 in Thrall last year.

According to the arrest affidavit, on May 16, Archie Shirley III, 24, of Thrall, was charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony that could result in up to 99 years in prison.

The arrest affidavit said the crime happened Oct. 26, when the victim walked outside the front of his home and saw two men wearing masks standing behind his vehicle and behind his daughter’s vehicle.

The victim told investigators he knew one of the suspects was Shirley because he recognized the way he stood and walked.

According to the affidavit, Shirley had worked for the company for several years.

The victim said he was about to call out Shirley’s name when Shirley and the other suspect started hitting him with clubs the affidavit said.

Shirley and the other suspect took an ice chest that had $14,000 in it. The affidavit said the ice chest contained the money because the victim was going to pay his employees in cash, pay off a bank loan and renew vehicle registrations. Shirley knew the victim kept money in the ice chest when he paid employees.

According to the affidavit, the victim said Shirley and the other suspect ran away and got into an SUV to flee the scene.

The affidavit said the victim’s daughter told investigators that on the day of the crime, she was at home and heard a noise. When she looked out of her bedroom window, she saw her father on the ground and a SUV with two men driving away. She recognized Shirley, who was the driver.

According to the affidavit, investigators later received a tip that led them to a witness who was believed to be the second suspect’s girlfriend. She said on Oct. 26, Shirley and the other suspect came to her house with an ice chest, and her boyfriend pulled several $100 bills out of the ice chest.

The affidavit said the witness also said her boyfriend took her SUV without permission Oct. 25, the day prior to the robbery.

The vehicle matched the description of the vehicle leaving the scene of the crime the affidavit said.

According to Williamson County Jail records, Shirley is still in custody at the jail on a $100,000 bond.

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