Katy CVS Robbery Suspect Hit by Multiple Vehicles

The CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Westheimer Parkway and South Fry Road. Covering Katy photo

 

KILLEEN (Covering Katy) – The man wanted in connection with the robbery of a CVS pharmacy in Katy is clinically brain dead after being struck by multiple vehicles, including a responding police officer’s, in Killeen late Saturday night.

According to the Harris County Constable Precinct 5 officials, Darrel Glen Kees was seen staggering around, incoherent, in Killeen on March 18. When police arrived, he intentionally jumped into traffic and was clipped by a truck. He staggered, and as the patrol unit approached he intentionally walked in front of the car. He was vaulted into another lane where he was struck a third time. He is currently at a hospital on life support, clinically brain dead.

Precinct 5 investigators had been looking for Kees since the robbery of a CVS at 3080 South Fry Road at Westheimer Parkway around 7:30 p.m. March 6. According to reports, Kees allegedly walked into the CVS scratching his right arm with his left hand. He went to the pharmacy drop-off window and asked for a bottle of Norco 10/325, which contains the opiate hydrocodone.

When asked if he had a prescription for the drug, he said, “I don’t need one,” and pulled up his shirt to reveal a gun in his waistband. The pharmacy technician handed him the bottle, and the man left the CVS through the front door.

Saturday morning, March 18, Bellmead police saw Kees’ parked truck on a county road just north of Waco. The officer ran the license plates on the truck, and realized the owner was wanted. A short pursuit ensued, but the driver, assumed to be Kees, outran two units.

Surveillance video from the March 6 robbery of a Katy CVS pharmacy.

Darrel Glen Kees

30 Comments

  1. If you have information that contradicts what we were told by law enforcement we’d like to talk to you but at this point your statements have no credibility because we don’t know who you are or how you know. Send us your contact information. info@coveringkaty.com

  2. Folks, we’re quoting the Pct. 5 Constables office. You keep making these claims without explaining how you know. We obviously want to be correct and are willing to hear you out, but simply making claims without tell us how you know, or who you are is not helpful. Call us, or write to us and we’re happy to talk. Otherwise you are just some person out in the public making claims that have no basis in fact. info@coveringkaty.com

  3. Hi Bill- Sorry you must deal with pain. It’s so great to hear from anyone who has figured out a way to function with it. You mentioned sleep control. That is one of the main keys to the puzzle as without it, things will assuredly get worse. Even though I didn’t know Darrel personally, I feel in some way that I did. I work so hard through my group to help people find answers, ways to hold onto their lives. We need to hear more about how chronic pain can affect our lives. We don’t hear about it until it has led to disaster. Perhaps Covering Katy could take the lead and show how someone’s life can get this out of control. My sympathies to his friends and family.

  4. No doubt things were completely out of control for this man. I don’t think anyone could justify what he did. People could have been killed. The sympathy part, with me anyway, is in his not having anywhere to turn before things spiraled out of control for him.

  5. Bob, if you have additional information please contact us at info@coveringkaty.com. Our information is from the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office. If you feel they’ve mislead us it’s incumbent upon you to contact us, not simply make a claim in public with no additional information.

  6. All facts in this story came from the Harris County Precinct 5 Constables Office. If you have alternative facts you can call us. Of course we’ll need to know your source just as we’ve provided our source to you. We always strive to get the facts straight. If you think we’ve been mislead by law enforcement the appropriate thing to do is to contact us, not take public pot shots with no specifics.

  7. While I understand your empathy for those who live with chronic pain as I do myself, the sad fact is, using a handgun to intimidate and threaten the lives of others will under no circumstances ever generate sympathy. Far too many are killed and maimed by criminals and each time there is a pebble effect that impacts countless lives as the ripples spread ever farther to impact others.

    So, like it or not and you can deny it all you want, his actions were those of a criminal. Though an overdose of drugs might have affected his conscious actions at the time he was injured, at the time of the robberies, pain hadn’t robbed Mr. Kees of his sanity. Clearly he knew right from wrong which is why the weapon was concealed in his waistband. What happened was a tragedy. I will pray for him and for his family to find strength and comfort.

  8. Not everything the media reports is true. Quite a few of the “facts” in this story are inaccurate. Covering Katy should do a better job confirming their information before publishing it.

  9. Vicky Tway, thank you for your post. I am a chronic pain sufferer myself. I deal with pain on a daily basis that would make most people curl up in a ball under their beds. In my case I chose to make some lifestyle changes and I am lucky to have a couple of Dr’s who help me. No hard meds for me, mostly sleep control and lifestyle changes and frankly, just learning to live with it and never ever letting it stop me. With that said, I have known Darrel for years, I am sad to say I did not know things had gotten this bad for him, I had lost touch with him. This is NOT the Darrel I knew. He is a good man and has always been a good father. He was also the type of man you could count on as a friend, if you needed him he would be there. He helped my Son get his first real job and then mentored him. His actions, and the results were drugs, not Karma. I am praying for his family.

  10. I’ve know Darrel for many years. I am sad to say I lost contact with him a couple of years ago. Darrel is a good man, this only shows things like this can happen to the best of us. My prayers for him and his family. So sad.

  11. I know Darrell personally, though I would not wish this upon no person, Mr. Kees affected many lives, false accusations , and manipulation. He was given a second chance at life but made a selfish decision…..

  12. I posted my thoughts on this on a Facebook conversation then someone posted Beverley Hall’s response there so I wanted to see what others were saying. And what do I find but “Karma is a bitch” as the first response.

    Well, that was NOT my response. I am a chronic pain patient and a support group facilitator. When I heard of the first robbery in Katy, I feared that this was a person in serious trouble. Not some raving, drug addict. I thought it was someone who was desperate. Being a pain patient in the current political climate is a nightmare. We are too often not believed by family, friends, doctors or pharmacists. You can’t “see” pain. It’s difficult to prove. And somehow along the way, we have gone from not only being thought of as liars, but being thought of as criminals. It isn’t fair. And people are dying because of it. The suicide rate among those with chronic pain continues to rise. Patients who were on successful medication protocols are finding their doctors cutting them off. Pharmacists lie. Even if you have a valid rx in your hand, you may be told the pharmacy is out of the med, or they don’t carry it anymore. Or the most insulting, that because of new DEA “laws” they can’t fill you prescription. Guess what? That, my friends, is a LIE. The FDA, CDC NIH, DEA, etc. have made “recommendations” on prescribing, but no, these are NOT laws. This is a sick excuse used to get between you and your medication.
    A life with chronic pain is a trying one. Dealing with pain 24/7/365, in my case for 15 years, often isn’t much of a life. We lose ourselves. Family and friends leave. Our livelihoods are taken. Our happiness is taken. We go from doctor to doctor looking for help. And this…is then called “doctor shopping.” The assumption being you are shopping for pain meds. No…we are looking for relief of pain. What are we to do but seek medical help? Why treat us so badly? We are convinced into having surgeries and procedures that will “fix” us. These seldom work, and more often than not make things worse, much worse. Then there are the new “miracle” pain meds that for me brought on seizures that almost took my life, permanent heart damage, and permanent memory impairment. We go through a lot just to have some semblance of a life. We aren’t trying to “get high,” we just want to do the everyday things you might take for granted.

    Treating pain (well) takes a multidisciplinary approach. Meds work best in conjunction with other treatment modalities. Tolerable exercise, yoga, warm water exercise, flotation therapy, massage, acupuncture, psychological counseling, braces, heating pads, ice, vitamins and supplements, dietary changes it goes on and on. It’s a full-time job. The problem with this is that insurance doesn’t pay for any of it. And most patients have lost all or part of their earning skills or are on disability. So what are we to do? Part of my job as a facilitator is to try and arrange for low cost providers for much of this, or come up with free things we can do together. Opiate therapy should always be a last choice, and it works successfully with a physician who works closely with you as a partner. Close monitoring. And usually a successful pain program will require monthly doctor visits, monthly drug tests, and a pain mgmt contract.

    If you are still reading this, thank you. Not expecting many folks to make it. It likely means you or someone you know or love deals with pain, or deals with an addiction issue. I hope if you are a family member you will offer your help as opposed to your judgement. If you are a person in pain, please don’t give up. There ARE people who can help. There are good doctors although it’s difficult to find the right one. But don’t give up. And if I can help, I will. You can go to meetup.com/fibromyalgia-346.com to join our group – Katy/West Houston Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Support Group. If you find that you are having problems with addiction, tell someone. You CAN be helped.

    I am so sorry that pain led this gentleman to this point. I don’t condone any of his actions. Others could have been hurt by the choices he made. But this man needed help. He wasn’t able to find it. And the outcome was devastating.

    Compassion and understanding, before it’s too late, can turn situations like this around. My wish is he will be the last…

  13. This is a very sad story. I knew Darrel too. He was a really great person and everyone thought very highly of him! People need to think about one thing… no one ever asks to be an addict. Sometimes bad things happen to the best of us. He was never an over the edge kind of guy, this is a very sad story about how things can and have gone terribly wrong. My heart goes out to his family. Like Beverly and many of the people that knew him, we will always think of him fondly.

  14. While it is very sad that things ended the way they did for this man…let’s not forget about the people on the other end of his gun. He threatened them and frightened them greatly… Drug addict or not, he committed a crime, and THAT is why he was being pursued.

  15. This is a comment section not your church program. Yes everybody knows somebody. There are a lot of sick individuals wether emotional, psychological and physically and it just doesn’t belong to one nationality (yes, I said it because it’s always one-sided when one race does something and ppl say they were emotional disturbed). That’s why we need more funding for ALL American citizens and not funding cut for healthcare and especially not mental health.

  16. Karma is a bitch? I know this man and you have no idea why he has been through to get to this point. Disgusting comment.

  17. Very sad for him, this was not his character his addiction came from a broke ACL and I fought the doctor’s who prescribe him such hard core drug which turned him into a monster. I knew this young man for over 18 yrs. He was a very hard worker and family man. Once he lost his job and became addicted to those pills everything start going down hill. My prayers go up to him and his family.

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