Authorities arrest Alto convenience store robbery suspect after 5-hour search

ALTO, TX (KTRE) - The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office managed to track down a suspect in an Alto convenience store robbery following a five-hour manhunt Tuesday morning.

According to a press release from the sheriff's office, a man walked into the Corner Market, located on the northeast corner of U.S. 69 and State Highway 21 in Alto, at 12:32 a.m., with a gun.

The man robbed the store and someone in the area witnessed it and called 911.

A Cherokee County deputy arrived on the scene and saw the suspect vehicle and stopped it. The suspect then got out of the car and ran into the woods.

TDCJ track and pack dogs were brought to the scene to look for the suspect for four hours. At about 5:45 a.m., a local citizen aware of the search called authorities and told them he saw him walking on a county road outside Alto.

Deputies arrived at the scene and arrested the suspect, whose name is being withheld until after he has been arraigned.

Rusk Police assisted in the manhunt.

The suspect will be charged with one count of aggravated robbery, two counts of evading arrest and one count of resisting arrest.

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