Selma quartet jailed

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The Selma Times-Journal

Four Selma women are now in the Dallas County Jail in connection with an assault and robbery that took place in May.

Schameon Hunter, 24; Dominique Hunter, 20; Keisha Barker, 29; and Kimberly Smitherman, 21, all of Selma, were taken into custody Monday and charged with robbery first degree for an attack on an18-year-old college student May 24.

The name of the female victim was not released.

According to Police Chief Jimmy Martin, the charges for all four women could escalate depending on their criminal records and the findings of an investigation that is ongoing.

“They could get 20 to 25 years in prison,” Martin said. “Depending on the severity of the results of the investigation, they could get life in prison. This is assault first (degree) and robbery first. I hope we can ascertain reasons for the attack that will be brought out.

“I have a lot of compassion for the victim, the victim’s mother and the victim’s family.”

The victim was driving in the area of 6th Avenue and Broad Street when the suspects cut her off and jumped out of their vehicle. Police reports indicated the suspects damaged the victim’s vehicle and also injured her with a bat.

Personal items of the victim were also taken as the suspects fled the scene.

The four women were booked and processed without incident. A $5,000 bond was set for each of them.

Martin said he hoped the possible severity of the suspects’ punishment would send the message to them and potential criminals that their actions would not go unnoticed.

He also commented on the unusual nature of the crime.

“This crime crossed all barriers,” Martin said. “It’s not only males committing such violent acts. We also have females to commit them, too. This is not the first reported robbery from females, but for it to be orchestrated in such a manner does not happen every day.”