After only a few days of investigative work, a suspect in an aggravated robbery that occurred early Friday morning has been caught.
Stephenville resident Jose Manuel De La Cruz, 33, was arrested Tuesday by local police.
Capt. Jason King of the Stephenville Police Department said that the description given by the clerk, who encountered the assailant at the Food Plaza Convenience Store, located in the 2900 block of Washington Street, led to his apprehension.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, five foot, eight inches tall, of average build. He wore a goatee style beard and had several days of facial hair growth. He was wearing a tan sweatshirt and a baseball cap and wielded a chrome, small caliber semi-automatic handgun.
“After reviewing the details of the case and the description of the suspect, a couple of detectives felt they might know who we were looking for,” King said. “The detectives knew De La Cruz and thought it sounded like him.”
Following their instincts, Detective Sgts. Alan Williams and Casey Heath tracked down the suspect who was then arrested on an outstanding warrant.
“The detectives brought the suspect in and he was questioned,” King explained. “De La Cruz then confessed to the aggravated robbery.”
The confession was corroborated by the clerk’s report and De La Cruz was also identified from a photo lineup.
De La Cruz has been charged with aggravated robbery and is currently being held at Erath County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
In addition to the robbery charge, a bond of $1,000 was set on the warrant, which stems from charges of making a false report to a peace officer, classified as a misdemeanor.
“Outstanding detective work led us to our man,” King said of the arrest.