FORT WORTH -- Police have arrested two women suspected in recent robberies of Subway fast food restaurants, including one where the robbers wore white make-up to conceal their identities.
Zaqueshala Gibson, 25, and Sally Rena Smith, 39, face charges of aggravated robbery.
The women were arrested Tuesday night after undercover officers spotted them fleeing a Subway at 5030 Trail Lake that had just been robbed. Police believe the women had moments earlier attempted to rob the Subway at 2828 S. Hulen Street, but it did not pan out.
The attempted robbery at the store on Hulen occurred shortly before 10:30 p.m.
Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman, said Gibson, wearing blue scrubs, had entered the restaurant, disappeared into the store’s restroom and then approached the clerk, asking if the business was closed.
He said Gibson then pulled a handgun from the waistband of her scrubs and ordered the employee to give her money from the register.
The employee told the woman she could not open the register and called out for the store’s manager. Henderson said Gibson pointed her gun at the approaching manager and ordered him back into the office.
When the clerk tried to open the register but could not, Gibson fled the business in a white Cadillac driven by Smith, Henderson said.
Henderson said plain-clothed officers working a special detail to try to catch the Subway robbers, heard the radio broadcast about the robbery and drove to another Subway at 5030 Trail Lake, believing it could be the women’s next target. There, they saw the Cadillac backed into a parking space with its lights off and Smith in the driver’s seat.
“A few seconds later undercover officers saw Gibson run out of the business through the front doors and get into the passenger side of the vehicle,” Henderson said. “The Cadillac then sped off with the unmarked police car behind them.”
Henderson said a patrol unit attempted to stop the Cadillac but the driver refused to yield, leading officers on a short pursuit that ended when the car stopped in the 4600 block of South Ridge Terrace.
Smith surrendered to police but Gibson attempted to flee on foot, Henderson said. She was caught and both women were taken to police headquarters for questioning by robbery detectives.
Henderson said the women are believed responsible for other Subway robberies, including the Sept. 24 robbery at 9082 Camp Bowie and the Sept. 28 robbery of the restaurant at 1100 Bridgewood Drive.
Employees had initially told investigators they believed the Bridgewood robbery involved a man and a woman, both wearing heavy white make-up. Henderson said investigators now believe the robber described by employees as a man was actually Gibson.
“With a hooded sweatshirt and white face paint, how can you tell a man or woman, especially when you have a gun pointed in your face,” he said.