Three Convenience Store Robberies, One Woman Dead - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/3/04

Three Convenience Store Robberies, One Woman Dead

Lubbock Police were first called out to a 7-11 on 34th and Frankford around 2:50 a.m. about a robbery. A surveillance video taken by the cameras from inside the store caught the suspects involved in the robbery.

Then around 3:00 a.m., those same two suspects walked into the 7-11 at Iola and 19th Street. About one hour later, a Blue Bell Ice Cream delivery man told police he found 46-year-old Patricia Garcia lying on the floor in the office behind the counter. She had been shot in the throat.

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Firestone Auto Mechanic Chad Hovet says he bought sodas from Patricia each morning, and was shocked to learn what had happened across the street. "It was kinda scary. Really, at first I thought something was right here. Come to find out someone was shot just hours before I came to work," said Hovet.

Then 45 minutes after the suspects shot and killed Garcia at the 7-11 on Iola, police say the suspects proceeded to rob the EZ Mart on 50th and Chicago. "It appears that one of the suspects has a small handgun and the other one has a long-type rifle or shotgun. Both of these weapons were displayed in all three of these robberies," said Lubbock Police Spokesman, Victor Quintana.

Police believe all of these crimes were committed by the same two suspects. One was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with a mask, and the other suspect was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt also wearing a mask. Police say they are armed and dangerous.

Right now, police are continuing their investigation into the murder of Patricia Garcia, and they are also comparing the incidents overnight, to other recent robberies in Lubbock, still unsolved.

Police encourage anyone who might have seen anything to please call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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