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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Police put a stop to a series of armed robberies spread out across Fort Worth. Now we’re learning new details from the victims themselves.
Officers arrested 20-year-old Kimberly Hernandez and 24-year-old Julio Cesar Garcia for Aggravated Robbery With A Deadly Weapon. 75-year-old Josephine Choice was pumping gas at a 7-11 Friday night when she could sense something was wrong. Before she knew it, a man had snatched purses from her daughter setting off a violent night of crime, “You certainly feel violated after something like that,” Choice’s daughter Phyllis Harvey said.
Harvey was sitting in the passenger seat while her mom pumped gas. The two had already noticed a man who was taking an unusual interest in them, “He actually guided the traffic and helped my mom get parked,” Harvey said. “I noticed him parading up and down on the side of the car, and he would come back behind the car and look at people and kind of wave his hand and look, and then he would come back,” Choice said.
The next thing Choice knew, the man approached her daughter, “I looked at him when he went over to talk to her ’cause I was wondering what he was saying, and he said, hey, and all of a sudden, the purses… he grabbed the purses and started running,” Choice said.
A witness was able to get the license plate number of the suspect’s green car. Police say soon after, that car was spotted on West Drew Street, where the suspect beat up a 13-year-old boy. Moments later a few blocks away, a suspect matching the description approached 14-year-old Brandon Martinez, “He hit me once, and then he said, do you want to get stabbed? I was like, no, so he took off my shirt, took my shoes,” Martinez said.
Around nine o’clock, police say the suspect pulled a gun on a woman getting into her car at the Hulen Mall parking lot. The woman was able to drive away actually dragging the man before he made it to his own car. Police caught up with him and the woman driving in a nearby neighborhood. Soon Monica Hurtado found her neighborhood being evacuated by police, “He told me that there’s a person in the house in front of us with a gun, and if there’s any bullets or anything that will fly, they’re going to come directly to the house,” Hurtado said.
Police took Hernandez into custody right away, but a standoff with Garcia lasted hours until the SWAT team had to rescue him when he got stuck in a crawl space. Because the investigation is ongoing, detectives are not releasing mugshots of the two suspects. They are expected to face more charges in addition to Aggravated Robbery With A Deadly Weapon.
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