Officer notices suspicious activity before robbery was reported

Sara  Sneath By Sara Sneath

May 19, 2014 at 12:19 a.m.

Two men were arrested after a game room in the 3100 block of East Red River Street was robbed Sunday night.

No one was injured in the armed robbery.

An officer in the area during the time of the robbery saw two men running from the game room and heard a shot fired, said Sgt. Adam Nieto of the Victoria Police Department.

The officer approached the men who had gotten into a car parked on the side of the building about 11 p.m. One fled the car.

About the same time, the police department received a call about the robbery.

Investigation of the robbery revealed the men entered the business, brandished a black and silver handgun and forcibly demanded money, according to a news release from the police department.

They left the business, and an employee ran behind them. One of the men fired a shot at the employee but missed him, according to a news release from the police department.

The officer arrested the driver, Lamont Childs, 26, of Placedo, Nieto said.

Joshua Garcia, 23, of Victoria, was arrested shortly afterward. The two men are charged with stealing about $300 in cash, Nieto said.

A small caliber handgun was found in the vehicle, Nieto said.

"These arrests are an excellent example of our officers being alert and quickly reacting to the suspicious activity they observed prior to ever receiving a call to 911 about the crime. Because of the officer's quick actions, these two dangerous individuals are no longer on our streets victimizing other citizens," said Police Chief JJ Craig.

Both men were booked into the Victoria County jail.

Garcia has been charged with aggravated robbery; aggravated assault with deadly weapon; evading detention; possession of marijuana, which was found on him after his arrest; and violation of probation warrant from Wharton County.

Childs has been charged with aggravated robbery and a municipal court warrant.

The armed robbery is still under investigation.



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