Robbery suspect nabbed in cab

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FORT WORTH -- Perhaps he needed money for the cab fare.

A Mansfield man called a cab to a Fort Worth gas station early Thursday, told the driver to wait outside, then went back inside the store and robbed the clerk, police reported.

The suspect had been inside the Shell station at 4920 Bryant Irvin Road for 20 to 30 minutes, during which time he called for the cab, and bought and played some scratch-off lottery tickets, robbery Sgt. Joe Loughman said.

When the cab arrived shortly after 4 a.m., the man went outside and asked the driver to wait.

He went back inside and asked the clerk for a piece of paper and pen, Loughman said.

"He got the paper, wrote his [demand] note, and she gave him the money after he feigned like he had a gun," Loughman said. "We don't know if he did or didn't. We didn't find one."

The man then left in the cab, but not before the clerk wrote down the cab's license-plate number, Loughman said.

Patrol Lt. J.G. White heard the broadcast about the robbery and spotted the cab, which he followed to the parking lot of a gas station on Alta Mere Drive, Loughman said.

There, White and a police sergeant who happened to be at the gas station fueling his vehicle arrested the cab's passenger, identified in a police report as 25-year-old Chase Rountree of Mansfield.

Court records show Rountree was sentenced in August to four years deferred adjudication probation for evading arrest in Arlington. He now faces a charge of aggravated robbery.

The cab driver told police he wasn't aware of the robbery.

"He was mad that he didn't get paid," Loughman said.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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