Arrest Made in Sandwich Shop Robbery Spree - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/21/06

Arrest Made in Sandwich Shop Robbery Spree

Lubbock police arrested one suspect in connection to a string of sandwich shop robberies. In the past two weeks, six local restaurants have been robbed. Several South Lubbock Subway locations were targeted; the one at 50th and University was hit twice. The crime spree wasn't limited to Subway, Quizno's and Schlotzsky's were also targeted. However, Tuesday, police made an arrest following a robbery at the Subway at 4th and Frankford. NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire tells us if police believe that man is responsible for all robberies.

Police say it's likely 21-year-old Jamie Hernandez is connected to all of the robberies, but said at least one more suspect is still out there. The reasoning behind that is police said Hernandez used a different technique to try to rob the Subway at 4th and Frankford; he ordered a sandwich then wrote "give me your money" on a dollar bill.

It was business as usual during the lunch rush at Subway until just after one o'clock. That's when police say Hernandez walked into the store and demanded money. "I did not expect it at such a high volume time, no," said manager Shanna Lueras.

Lueras said Hernandez ordered food, then gave the clerk a dollar bill with a note saying "Give me all your money." The clerk then handed Lueras the message.

"I asked the guy, I said, you're telling me to give you all my money, and he said 'Yes'. I basically told him he was crazy and to leave the store," explained Lueras.

She said after Hernandez did not get any money, he sat down and ate. Shortly after she called police they arrested him at the scene.

Not even 24 hours earlier the Subway at 5015 University was robbed for the second time in two weeks. Five shops have now been hit six times that time period, police say it's very likely Hernandez is connected with them.

Lueras said all Lubbock Subways have been more cautious, including not keeping large amounts of cash in the store. However, she never thought someone would try to rob her store. "In the 11 years I've been here, I've never had anything like this happen. I've never had any situations like this," said Lueras.

Police are still looking for a second suspect, he's described as an Hispanic man, between 5'4'' and 5'9'' with a spider tattoo on his left hand, and severe acne on his face. If you have information that can help identify the man, police ask that you call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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