Grand Prairie police seek 'very dangerous' robber

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

Authorities say forensic evidence collected at both scenes indicates that the same suspect committed the crimes.

And Grand Prairie police appealed for help in identifying the gunman.

Authorities released a photograph of a winter cap with earflaps that the suspect left behind after one holdup. They hope that someone might remember a man wearing such a cap.

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

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

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

Investigators believe that the suspect struck again at 12:30 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Timber Oaks Apartments in the 700 block of Timber Oaks Lane in Grand Prairie.

A man whom police did not identify was at the complex when the suspect walked up to him and demanded the keys to his vehicle. The man fled and was shot in the left leg.

Witnesses described the suspect as black, 18 to 26 years old, 5 foot 9 to 5 foot 11, and 140 to 150 pounds. Anyone with information should call Grand Prairie police at 972-237-8877.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.,

817-390-7763

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