From Staff Reports

PRESS RELEASE: On Dec. 7, the Corsicana Police Department was notified that a suspect had entered the Sunoco gas station, in the 1100 blk of W. Seventh Avenue.

The victim reported that a lone male suspect entered the store displaying a handgun and immediately struck her with the firearm multiple times. The suspect then fled the scene with cash and a cell phone, which belonged to the clerk. An examination of the surveillance footage revealed that the suspect fled in a full sized white, Ford van. Corsicana Officers identified the suspect as a Corsicana resident who had multiple outstanding felony warrants.

During the investigation, it was revealed that a similar robbery had occurred 20 miles North of Corsicana in the City of Ennis. Investigating officers compared surveillance footage of that offense and found it to be the same suspect and the same suspect vehicle.

Over the course of a 12-hour investigation, the CPD recovered the suspect vehicle in an area near Veterans Drive in Corsicana. A Corsicana patrol officer located the suspect in the 2400 Blk. of West Park Row, who immediately fled upon viewing the officer, entering the rear door of a residence belonging to a relative.

Officers immediately established a perimeter and safely removed an elderly female from the residence. Additional CPD officers responded to the scene and a search of the house ensued, with evidence leading the officers to believe that the suspect had concealed himself in the residence’s attic.

An entry team entered the attic area and attempted to contact the suspect, who remained hidden. A further search revealed the suspect had concealed himself on the far side of the attic, behind storage clutter. Officers secured the suspect without further incident and place him under arrest and later transport him to the Navarro County Jail.

The suspect has confessed to the robberies in Corsicana and Ennis and corroborative evidence of the robbery was also recovered. The arrested suspect will not be identified by this agency until after he is arraigned by a magistrate.

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