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Suspect arrested after 4 robberies on north side in less than 2 hours

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Fort Worth police officers escorted Little Elm Police Detective Jerry Walker’s body from the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office in Fort Worth back to Denton county Wednesday afternoon. (Max Faulkner/Star-Telegram)
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Fort Worth police officers escorted Little Elm Police Detective Jerry Walker’s body from the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office in Fort Worth back to Denton county Wednesday afternoon. (Max Faulkner/Star-Telegram)

A teenager was arrested in connection with four robberies reported on Fort Worth’s north side in less than two hours Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Juan Alejandro Escamilla, 19, faces four charges of aggravated robbery, according to jail records.

He was taken into custody about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday after an officer pulled behind him at Long Avenue and Northwest 33rd Street, said officer Jimmy Pollozani, police spokesman.

A weapon was found in his vehicle that was possibly used during the robberies, Pollozani said.

According to police reports, the robberies happened about 30 minutes apart and were reported at stores in the 3200 block of Deen Road, the 300 block of Northwest 25th Street, the 2400 block of Market Avenue and the 800 block of West Northside Drive.

The first one, on Northside Drive, happened about 3 p.m., and the suspect had a handgun, according to the report.

The second robbery happened about 20 minutes later at a food store on Market Avenue, west of the Stockyards.

A 911 caller there told police that a suspect tried to buy a package of Swisher Sweets cigarillos before pulling out a semi-automatic handgun and saying, “Give me all the money.” The suspect took about $400, according to the police report.

About 30 minutes later, a 911 caller at the Bueno Food Mart on Northwest 25th, closer to the Stockyards, reported another robbery at gunpoint.

The fourth robbery was reported about 30 minutes later on Deen Road near Interstate 35W.

No one was injured in the incidents, which were still under investigation Thursday.

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