A Beckville man who police say punched a man in the face and robbed him after he had stopped to try to help a motorist on the side of the road near Deadwood has been indicted in the case, the Panola County District Clerk’s Office said.

James Kapaakea Jinks is charged with aggravated robbery in the March 18 incident. His bond was set at $50,000, and jail records show he was released April 12.

Deputies were called around 9:15 p.m. to the UT Health Carthage emergency room on March 18, Panola County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy John DePresca said at the time. A man reported that about two hours earlier, he had been driving on County Road 463 when he saw a vehicle pulled to the side of the road, DePresca said.

The victim told deputies he had asked the man at the car if everything was OK, and the man told the victim he had lost his phone. The man asked if he could borrow the victim’s phone, DePresca said.

The victim told deputies when he looked down at his phone, the man punched him in the face and temporarily knocked him unconscious. The victim told deputies he woke up to find between $650 and $700 gone from his pockets, DePresca said.

Using a description of the man, DePresca said the sheriff’s office provided a photo line-up to the victim, who then identified Jinks as the man who assaulted him.

Jinks had been previously arrested on unrelated charges, DePresca said, and was still in jail at the time. He was then arrested March 22 on the aggravated robbery charge.

Other indictments handed down recently by a Panola County grand jury are:

Lauren Nicole Nolan, of Longview, on a charge of improper relationships between educator/student stemming from a March 9, 2018 incident

  • Joshua Steven Cooley, of Tenaha, on a charge of theft of property valued between $2,500 and $30,000, stemming from a Sept. 29, 2017 incident
  • Patrick Odell Session, of Beckville, on a charge of theft of firearm, stemming from an Aug. 14, 2018 incident
  • Alvaro Raul Villa Jr., of Carthage, on a charge of driving while intoxicated third offence or more, stemming from a Feb. 16 incident

Shana Marie Nickerson, of Beaumont, on a charge of possession of controlled substance penalty group two measuring between four and 400 grams, stemming from a June 9, 2018 incident

  • Tyreese Wayne Williams, of Carthage, on charges of aggravated robbery stemming from a March 18 incident and evading arrest /detention with a vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm by felon stemming from a May 2 incident.