Video from security cameras and more than 60 tips led to an arrest Tuesday night in the slaying of an Arlington shoe store employee during a robbery last month, authorities said Wednesday.
When questioned by detectives, Jacob Galen Everett, 21, admitted being near the Red Wing store in the 3100 block of South Cooper Street on the afternoon of Feb. 25 when Randy Pacheco was killed.
Everett acknowledged that he had parked his 2004 gold Toyota Tacoma pickup nearby but said he drove away when he learned that a friend was running late to meet him, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram on Wednesday.
Three days later, “detectives were provided information that led them to a vehicle that matched the description of one seen at the store at the time of the shooting,” Arlington police spokeswoman Tiara Richard said in a news release.
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The truck was registered to Everett, but he had recently traded it in for a 2010 Ford Fusion at an Arlington car dealership, according to the affidavit. In a search of Everett’s house, police found a a silver and black 9mm Smith and Wesson semiautomatic handgun like the weapon used to kill Pacheco.
Everett was arrested Tuesday night at the Arlington police station as he was being questioned. He remained in the city’s jail Wednesday facing a capital murder charge. No bail had been set, the jail log showed.
He did not make a statement about the robbery or killing, police said.
Pacheco, 23, of Dallas was found dead about 2 p.m. Feb. 25 by officers who had been dispatched after people called 911 to report hearing shots fired. The officers found the store’s front door locked. An officer who found the back door ajar found Pacheco’s body inside.
Surveillance video from a business near the shoe store showed that a man who drove up in a Tacoma pickup walked from the parking lot into the front door of Red Wing. At the end of the video, he could be seen walking out of an alley behind the building, getting into the Tacoma and driving away, according to the warrant.
Video from a camera at an auto repair shop across South Cooper showed the Tacoma leaving the parking lot and driving away on South Cooper.
A camera inside the shoe store captured a man carrying a silver and black handgun and wearing a dark gray hooded sweat top, gray sweat pants, blue tennis shoes and a dark mask. The man took money from the cash register and led Pacheco to the back of the store.
A woman who identified herself only as the wife of Jacob Everett’s brother Joshua said the family had only one comment Wednesday morning: “We are so sorry for the family who lost their son. That is really the most important thing and all that matters right now.”
On his Facebook page, Everett indicated that he had previously lived in Crandall and Richardson. The page also had a photograph of a variety of bullets.
Staff writers Bill Miller and Deanna Boyd contributed to this report.