Officer catches armed robbery suspects as they approach store

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two people accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint were arrested by an Austin police officer as they were making their way towards another store, an arrest affidavit said.

Kimberly Perez, 20, and Dominick Espinoza, 19, were charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony.

Police first responded to the 11350 block of 4 Points Drive on April 20 about 12:40 a.m., after a couple sitting in a car reported that a man and woman demanded them to get out of the car and give them the keys, the warrant said. Instead, the victims drove away and called police.

Less than an hour later, a pair matching Perez and Espinoza’s description approached a Chevron at 13466 U.S. Highway 183. The clerk working inside told police the two came into the store with hoods pulled over their head and bandanas covering their face.

Perez then demanded money from the clerk as Espinoza pulled a handgun from his pocket, the document said. The couple got away with about $200.

About 10 minutes later an Austin police officer was flagged down at a 7-Eleven, 11567 Jollyville Road, for a report of a suspected drunk driver.

The officer observed Perez wearing a jacket matching the description from the previous robbery, and Espinoza wearing a bandana on his face, according to the warrant.

As they exited a Honda parked at a gas pump, the officer ordered them to stop and detained them for further investigation. Police later said the two confessed to robbing the Chevron, the document said.

Police said the Honda the two were driving was reported stolen on April 14.

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