Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


March 8, 2014

Chase leads to aggravated robbery arrest

JACKSONVILLE — Sgt. Daniel Franklin of the Jacksonville Police Department commended officers Friday on their fast work of capturing an aggravated robbery suspect.

A juvenile was apprehended Friday morning after a chase through Jacksonville after he attempted to rob a woman at gunpoint in the 600 block of Austin Street.

Franklin said dispatchers received a call at 9:42 a.m. that a black male had displayed a handgun to a woman and demanded her purse. A man who was with the woman refused and told the juvenile to leave. The incident occurred in an alleyway behind a home, Franklin said.

The juvenile then fled on foot with the gun still in his left hand. He ran toward Neches Street past Jacksonville Public Library, McDonalds and through the Taco Bell parking lot.

"Officers were pretty close and got on the scene pretty quickly," Franklin said. "There were officers from patrol, CID (criminal investigations division) and even the chief out there."

As the juvenile crossed US Hwy. 69, toward the Family Dental Center, he ran in front of Franklin's vehicle.

"I turned westbound onto (US Hwy) 79, and he was going down the sidewalk by Glass Dental (Family Dental Center). I pulled up alongside him, and he ran northbound across 79 behind me."

Franklin said he then exited his vehicle and ordered the suspect to stop. The arrest was made in the parking lot of Capital One Bank. The chase ended at 9:46 a.m., Franklin said.

"Officers worked really well to get this guy in custody. He traveled up and down a major highway, and nobody was injured and nothing was shut down," Franklin added.

The juvenile is charged with aggravated robbery.

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