Police nab Casa Ole' robbery suspect after short foot chase

Police nab Casa Ole' robbery suspect after short foot chase

A suspect is in custody after a robbery at a popular Lufkin restaurant.

Just after 11 p.m. on Thursday, Lufkin police responded to a reported robbery at Case Ole' Restaurant. The manager of the restaurant told police that after hearing a knock at the back door he opened it, assuming it was an employee. However, when the manager opened the door a masked man pointed a handgun at him and entered the restaurant.

The suspect demanded the money and accompanied the manager to the office at gunpoint and took cash. He then fled on foot. When making the initial report, the manager thought he recognized the suspect as a former employee named Steven Jolly.

A short time later, the responding officers found Steven E. Jolly, 18, walking near the restaurant carrying a backpack. When a police officer attempted to stop Jolly, he fled on foot into the woods.

Officers apprehended Jolly a short time later. A realistic looking BB pistol with a simulated suppressor, a bank bag filled with cash and Casa Ole' written on it, as well as black clothing matching the description given by the victim and a paintball mask were also found inside the backpack he was carrying.

Jolly was charged with Aggravated Robbery and booked into Angelina County Jail.

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