Alto police arrest convenience store robber

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 2:17pm

ALTO — On July 19, 2011 at approximately 12:32 am the Corner Market convenient store located on the north east corner of Hwy 69 and Hwy 21 in Alto, Texas was robbed by a white male displaying a firearm.

A citizen in the area observed the suspicious activity and called 9-1-1.

A Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy was on scene shortly after receiving the call. The deputy then observed the suspect vehicle and conducted a traffic stop in the City of Alto.

Upon approaching the suspect, he fled on foot into a wooded area.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) K-9 track and pack dogs were called to the scene to assist in locating the suspect. Personnel with TDCJ and Sheriff’s Detectives and Deputies tracked the suspect for approximately 4 hours.

The suspect had been identified through further investigation and the search was called off due lack of information. At approximately 05:45 am a local citizen aware of the search for the suspect, observed him to be walking on a County Road outside Alto, Texas. Detectives and Deputies arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by TDCJ as well Rusk Police Department.

The suspect has been arrested for the charges of:
Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1 5-99 years and/or fine up to $10,000)
Evading Arrest or Detention (Misdemeanor A 1 year and/or fine up to $4,000)
Evading Arrest or Detention (Misdemeanor A 1 year and/or fine up to $4,000)
Resisting Arrest (Misdemeanor A 1 year and/or fine up to $4,000)

The name of the suspect is being withheld at this time pending arraignment.


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