Authorities Search For Armed Robbery Suspect - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/10/08

Authorities Search For Armed Robbery Suspect

Authorities are looking for the suspect, in what appears to be a botched robbery in south Lubbock County Monday afternoon.  Now, several local agencies are interested in this case.

Lubbock County Sheriff's Deputies rushed out to Wayne's Beer and Wine on Slaton Highway around 2:00 p.m. Monday.  That's after a 911 caller let them know a man with a gun just tried to rob the store.

Investigators say four employees were inside when a man with a mask walked in carrying a shotgun.  The sheriff's office has that gun as evidence.  They tell us workers were able to get the gun away from the suspect.

Two shots went off, but fortunately no one was seriously injured. One employee did cut his finger, but investigators say it doesn't appear the suspect got away with anything.

The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers are investigating this case, because the suspect could be connected to other robberies in the area. "We do have some links that are potential with a couple cases that the Texas Rangers are currently working. There are currently a couple cases in Lamb County, one out of Hockley County, one in Hale County which have potential to have the same suspect," Lubbock County Sheriff's Major Don Carter said. 

The suspect is a white male, 5'10" to 6' tall.  He has an average build, and was last seen driving a black and red, mid-90's model, Chevrolet pick-up. The truck also has a chrome grill guard. If you can help authorities find this suspect call Crime Line at 741-1000.

Investigators tell us the suspect was last seen headed south toward F.M. 1585, but as of yet they have not had any luck finding him.

The folks inside the store weren't up to going on camera with us Monday afternoon, but NewsChannel 11 did speak with one employee briefly off camera. She says the only way to describe the experience is "scary".

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