Grand Prairie police seek violent robber

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A violent gun-wielding robber who fatally shot a Grand Prairie apartment resident last month in one holdup and wounded another man in the leg in a second robbery remains on the loose Wednesday, Grand Prairie police said.

Authorities say that based on forensic evidence collected at both scenes, the crimes were committed by the same suspect.

And Grand Prairie police appealed for help to identify the gunman.

Authorities released a photograph of a winter cap with ear flaps that the suspect left behind at the scene at one of the holdups, hoping that someone would remember a man wearing such a cap in the Grand Prairie area.

"No doubt, he's very dangerous," said Grand Prairie Det. Mark Beseda on Wednesday. "It seems his trend is to hit apartment complexes, but we can't say that's all he will do."

Beseda said investigators hope to get some leads from the winter cap.

The cap came off the gunman on Feb. 15 when he fatally shot Paul Rodriguez, 43, at the Quail Ridge Apartments, 1919 W. Tarrant Road, in Grand Prairie.

In that case, Rodriguez and a friend arrived at the complex at about 12:50 a.m. and were confronted by the gunman and demanded some property form Rodriguez. Rodriguez attempted to run away when he was shot, Grand Prairie police said.

"It appears that when the suspect fled the scene, the cap just fell off," Beseda said.

Investigators believe the same suspect hit on at 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 27 at the Timber Oaks Apartments in the 700 block of Timber Oaks Lanes in Grand Prairie.

A man who police did not identify was at the complex when he told police that the suspect walked up to him and demanded the keys to his vehicle. The victim fled from the suspect who began shooting, hitting the victim in the left leg. The victim, however, survived.

Witnesses described the suspect as an African-American man, about 18 to 26 years-old, about 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-111 and weighing about 140 to 150 pounds.

Anyone with information should call Grand Prairie police at 972-237-8877.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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