A West Tawakoni man allegedly told officers not to arrest his mother and girlfriend, who were riding with him the night he was found behind the wheel of a stolen pickup truck.

Ricky Dayton Griffin is one of two men whom authorities claim committed two hold-ups at gunpoint in October. Griffin Thursday entered pleas of not guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and one charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Griffin, 30, of West Tawakoni, and Steven Lee Sherrod, 46, of Orange, were each indicted earlier this month on two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

Sherrod has not yet been arraigned on the charges.

The pair were alleged in the indictments to have used a shotgun to rob two male victims of cash on Oct. 1. Griffin was also indicted on one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle, for allegedly stealing a 1999 Dodge truck on the same day.

A complaint regarding the case filed as part of court records indicated a Hunt County Sheriff’s deputy had pulled the truck, with three occupants, over and learned it had been reported stolen at gunpoint earlier that evening.

The victim’s driver’s license was found inside the cab of the truck.

Griffin was reported to have told the officer that he was responsible for taking the vehicle and that he did not want the passengers in his vehicle, whom he identified as his mother and girlfriend, to go to jail.

Griffin was arraigned Thursday in the 354th District Court. Judge Richard A. Beacom set a tentative trial date for March 6, 2006.

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