Police: 7-11 store clerk throws suspect in aggravated robbery through glass window

Police: 7-11 store clerk throws suspect in aggravated robbery through glass window
Treshun Devonte Bates (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Police were called to the 7-11 in the 6100 block of 19th Street just before 6 p.m. Wednesday after there were reports of a robbery.

The suspect, 21-year-old Treshun Devonte Bates, tried to buy tobacco products but was turned away for lack of identification, according to police.

A few moments later Bates returned with another person. That person tried to buy the same cigarettes Bates was trying to buy. The clerk told the other person he was not able to sell the cigarettes because it was against the law since he was not able to prove Bates was over 18.

The police report says Bates became "extremely irate" and lifted his jacket to expose the waist of his pants, showing a pistol. He then told the clerk "I can get whatever I want."

The cashier tried to remove Bates from the store, at which time Bates struck the cashier with the firearm in the forehead. The police report then says Bates pointed the pistol at the cashier. The cashier grabbed Bates to stop him from pointing the gun at him. The cashier picked up Bates and threw him through the window of the store.  The cashier went back into the store and tried to detain Bates until police arrived.

Bates then told the cashier the police were there, so the cashier let go thinking he would run into officers. Police were not on the scene yet and Bates took off running from the scene.

Witnesses saw Bates walk to an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Iola. Responding officers found blood at an apartment there. At that point, additional officers were requested to the scene and were able to take Bates into custody without incident.

Bates was then transported to the Lubbock County Detention Center, where he faces charges of aggravated robbery and is being held in the jail on a $50,000 bond.
Through the investigation, it was revealed Bates was possessing a firearm. Bates was listed as a suspect for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

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