DALLAS, Texas — A federal grand jury indicted three in connection with an armed heist of nearly $1 million from a Brinks armored vehicle in December 2019.
The grand jury handed down an three-count indictment on May 6, 2020 — charging 38-year-old Lakee Donae Ealey, 33-year-old Crystal Hernandez Ealey, both of Fort Worth, and 21-year-old Rodrick Rashad McKinney, of Dallas, on one count each of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, interference with commerce by robbery, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
According to an 11-page indictment and a 34-page federal complaint, obtained by MyTexasDaily.com, the three, and others known and unknown to the grand jury, conspired to rob the Brinks armored vehicle and conducted surveillance on the armored vehicle, actions which were tracked by surveillance cameras, toll cameras, license plate readers, and cell phone trace activity.
Crystal Ealey had been as a Messenger for Brinks but, following an internal investigation into the loss of approximately $25,000, she was fired in June 2019, according to the complaint.
Days before the planned robbery, on December 16, 2019, McKinney allegedly stole a Chevrolet pickup truck which was later used during the robbery.
On December 19, burner phones were purchased and, on December 21, all three met in a Dallas restaurant parking lot to get into the vehicles utilized during the robbery.
A short time later, Crystal was allegedly conducting surveillance on the Brinks armored vehicle as it traveled from Flower Mound to Coppell. At approximately 8:15 a.m., the Brinks vehicle pulled into the Chase Bank at 616 North Denton Tap Road where the robbery occurred.
Video surveillance onboard the Brinks armored vehicle captures four armed subjects, including Lakee and McKinney, approach the driver, threaten him, and demand access to the armored vehicle.
Approximately $933,000 was stolen from the Brinks armored vehicle and Lakee, McKinney, and others known and unknown to the grand jury fled in the Chevrolet pickup truck.
Following the robbery, McKinney allegedly set the pickup truck on fire at approximately 9:26 a.m. near Canada Drive in Dallas.
Each of the defendants face up to 47 years in federal prison in connection with the robbery, according to federal prosecutors.
McKinney also faces separate charges in Dallas County and Collin County and was named in local and federal cases in connection with an attempted ATM theft in Dallas and the theft of four vehicles from the Manheim Auto Auction in Dallas, including a 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette, a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette, and a Cadillac CTS-V.
In 2017, McKinney also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 10 years confinement. That sentence was suspended and he was placed on community supervision for eight years. A new trial and judgement related to the same offense placed McKinney on deferred adjudication.
Earlier this year, McKinney was federally indicted on one count of illegal receipt of a firearm by a person under indictment.
The robbery case was investigated by the FBI.