LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – After three armed robberies, a car chase and a shot fired at police, your help is needed to find the suspect as a city wide manhunt continues. The suspect faces attempted capital murder charges and police say he is considered armed and dangerous.
The crime spree started on Sunday night when a Lubbock teen was car-jacked at 50th and Indiana. As 18-year-old Josh Reese tells NewsChannel 11 he was leaving Hastings Bookstore at 50th and Indiana on Sunday night when he thought he was being watched. "I saw him coming and walking around this corner right here and I saw him look and I didn't think much of it, but then I realized he was following me, so I was trying to get in my car as fast as I could. "
Reese says he started to scramble, but Reese was not able to get in his car. "I hear him come up behind me and he said ‘hey it's your lucky day' and I turned around and I looked at him and I said what, and then he pulled a gun out said give me your keys and give me your wallet. "
Reese said he gave the man everything he wanted and the suspect took off in his 2005 blue Mazda sedan. The car was spotted again Monday night after two other men were robbed at gun point.
Monday night, Lubbock Police were called to one of the crimes near 82nd and Indiana and the other near 74th and Indiana. Both victims were robbed at gunpoint and both identified the same blue Mazda. Lubbock Police located the suspect's vehicle around 11:40 p.m. Monday. They attempted to pull him over, but he wouldn't stop. "The vehicle came down the alley of the 2000 block of 65th street where it crashed out with a minor collision with a gas meter," says Captain Greg Stevens with the Lubbock Police Department.
Police say the chase continued on foot where the suspect shot at the officers. "The suspect got to a fence line, stopped turned back and fired one round at the officers," says Stevens.
The suspect then jumped the fence. Witnesses told police they last saw the suspect at the Village Square Apartments at 66th and Avenue T. Police say they then believed he was inside.
Around 6 a.m. Tuesday, the SWAT team was called out. After some negotiating, it was determined the suspect was not inside and the residents had nothing to do with the armed robberies or the shooting suspect. "We did recover a fire arm that we believe was used when the individual shot at the officers in at least one of the robberies of an individual. There's always a possibility that he may have another fire arm," says Stevens.
Tuesday afternoon they released photos of the suspects, and Reese says he was instantly brought back to the Hastings parking lot. "When I saw him, he had a brown jacket and a hood on, so you could see his face, but that's definitely him."
The suspect is described as a black male who is clean shaven, 6'2" and was last seen wearing a dark hood sweatshirt and jeans. Police consider him to be armed and dangerous, so if you spot him or know who he is, you are urged to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000. Remember, you can remain anonymous.
NewsChannel 11 will continue to follow this story and will bring you the latest.
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