Robbery suspect nabbed near Jaguar Hall, search continues for 2 others


Jan. 27, 2011 at 10 a.m.
Updated Jan. 26, 2011 at 7:27 p.m.

Car wash robbery suspect, Kristopher Durst

Car wash robbery suspect, Kristopher Durst

Victoria police arrested a 19-year-old robbery suspect after an early-morning chase Thursday.

Kristopher Durst and two others are suspected of robbing a man and a woman at the College Car Wash in the 2000 block of Red River Street.

An unidentified man and woman approached the two victims about midnight, and the man brandished a gun while demanding money, said Police Chief Bruce Ure.

The male victim handed $100 to one of the suspects, according to the arrest report. The suspected robbers fled in a maroon sport utility vehicle driven by Durst.

Sgt. Lee Lemmons, who was patrolling the area, chased the vehicle at about 80 mph until it drove into the parking lot of Jaguar Hall, 2705 Houston Highway. The driver then put the car in reverse and all three occupants ran. The driverless vehicle rolled into Houston Highway, narrowly missing another vehicle and hopped a curb. Almost the entire chase was caught on police and University of Houston-Victoria video cameras.

Officers searched the area for hours, and about 1:30 a.m. arrested Durst on suspicion of aggravated robbery about 100 yards from the dorm.

Chanae Middlebrooks, a UHV freshman was concerned about the incident.

"I just feel like anything can happen," she said.

Durst, now in the Victoria County Jail, was the only suspect caught and neither the money nor the gun were recovered, Ure said.



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