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Two arrested in Cuero restaurant robbery

By BY SONNY LONG - SLONG@VICAD.COM
Jan. 18, 2013 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 18, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.

Joshua Williams

CUERO - Two men, including a former employee of the restaurant, were arrested for a Jan. 11 robbery of the Dairy Queen in Cuero.

At least two other suspects are being sought, said Cuero Police Chief Jay Lewis.

About 11:15 p.m., Cuero police officers responded to an armed robbery call at Dairy Queen, 802 N. Esplanade St.

As officers arrived at the restaurant, they observed a suspicious vehicle leaving the area and attempted to catch up to it while a second unit went to Dairy Queen to check on the welfare of the employees, according to a news release from the police department.

According to witness accounts, at least three suspects entered the restaurant after closing hours and held the manager at gunpoint.

During the course of the robbery, she was forced into the freezer and remained there until she felt it was safe to exit and call police, according to the news release.

"They were wearing ski masks and hoodies," said Lewis. "The manager was not harmed and was able to provide detailed information to the investigating officers."

The vehicle leaving the area fled from police but was located at the corner of Dunn Street and North Street, according to the news release.

The vehicle belonged to one of the people who lived at the house, but he was not there.

One officer stayed with the vehicle while the second attempted to locate the occupants who had already fled the scene, according to the news release.

An off-duty DeWitt County deputy heard the information over the radio of one of the suspects involved and called the police officers to let them know he saw a suspect entering a home in the 200 block of Togo Street.

Joshua Williams, 20, was arrested there without incident, said Lewis.

Williams was a previous employee of Dairy Queen and had quit his job there about a week earlier, according to the news release.

In the vehicle, officers found a revolver on the back seat. Cash was also found inside the car.

"We believe there may have been additional weapons involved," Lewis said.

Inside the house, a backpack was found containing cash believed stolen from the restaurant. About $1,000 was taken.

Clothing believed to have been worn during the robbery was also found, according to the news release.

On Wednesday, Dedrick Griffin, 18, of Cuero, was also arrested in connection with the robbery.

Both men are charged with aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity. They are being held in the DeWitt County Detention Center on $50,000 bonds on each charge.

"If anyone knows the whereabouts of the others involved in this robbery, please contact the Cuero Police Department," Lewis said.

The Cuero Police Department can be contacted at 361-277-3552.

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