NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of two men who are suspects in two Nov. 25 aggravated robberies in Nacogdoches. Both men were found and arrested by the Austin Police Department Dec. 1.
Denzel Neal, 19, and Christopher Terrell Elmore, 20, both of Nacogdoches, were arrested on Nacogdoches warrants by the Austin PD. They were both charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony charge. Both men are currently being held in the Nacogdoches jail, and no bond has been set at this time.
According to a press release, Nacogdoches Police Department detectives identified the two men from surveillance video tape footage from one of the robberies. The NPD detectives were able to obtain arrest warrants for the two men, and a Crime Stoppers tip led the investigation to Austin.
Nacogdoches detectives picked Neal and Elmore up from Austin Tuesday, and transported them back to the Nacogdoches County Jail.
The first robbery on Nov. 25 occurred at a Shell convenience store located at the intersection of East Main and University Drive at 10:52 p.m. The clerk told police offices that two black men entered the store, and during a purchase, one man produced a hand gun. The armed robbers then demanded the clerk give them the money from the cash register and fled the scene with the cash.
Store manager Muhammad Riaz said he got the call about the robbery at his store at 11:06 p.m. that night.
"He told her, 'It's a loaded gun, ma'am,' and that's when she handed over the tray, and he just grabbed whatever he could," Riaz said.
Even though the suspects fled the scene with less than $100, it was enough to scare Riaz and his employees. He said he's never had an armed robbery incident like the one on Nov. 25 in the 13 years that he has been working for the convenience store.
"We've had our run of a break-in here and there, but nothing like this," Riaz said.
The second armed robbery occurred at 11:40 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express located in the 3800 block of South Street. After two black males entered the lobby and displayed a hand gun, they took cash from the drawer and left the hotel.
A press release from the Nacogdoches PD stated that detectives are hoping to file additional charges against Neal and Elmore for the Nov. 18 burglary of a grocery store in the 100 block of Beall Street. The suspects in that incident forcibly entered the building and took cigarettes.
The press release stated that the Nacogdoches and Austin police departments, were assisted in the investigation by agents from the Region 7 Headquarters of Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Law Enforcement Division.