A man accused of assaulting and kidnapping a College Station gas station clerk early Tuesday and driving him to Haslet in the bed of the clerk’s pickup was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Fort Worth police.
Nathaniel Tillery, 36, stole the clerk’s 1999 Ford Ranger pickup about 3 a.m. He was arrested in the 14200 block of Tijuana Trail at 1:08 p.m., police reported.
Tillery was arrested in front of the house of his stepbrother, who had called 911, the stepbrother told WFAA.
Tillery assaulted Kevin Garcia, 55, at Drew’s Exxon in College Station, said Lt. Chuck Fleeger, a College Station police spokesman.
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Garcia’s absence was reported by “a patron [who] had gone to that business and couldn’t find a clerk,” Fleeger said. “It’s a 24-hour store, so he got suspicious.”
The Eagle of Bryan-College Station reported that store managers called to the scene determined that Garcia’s last transaction was made at 2:35 a.m. Surveillance video showed Tillery attacking Garcia just before 3 a.m., according to a probable-cause affidavit. Investigators said they found a pool of blood where Garcia lay.
Moments later, the video showed Tillery placing Garcia in the bed of Garcia’s pickup before trying unsuccessfully to open the cash register.
Officers recognized Tillery from previous incidents and noted in the affidavit that he was known to frequent the area, the Eagle reported.
Tillery faces charges of robbery, kidnapping and assault, Fleeger said.
Garcia was taken to a Fort Worth hospital. His condition could not be learned Tuesday evening. Sgt. Steve Enright, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said Garcia “appeared critical when recovered.” He said he didn’t know if Garcia was restrained in the pickup.
Residents of Tijuana Trail told WFAA that Garcia “did not look good at all” when he was taken from the bed of the pickup.
The Eagle reported that this was the second time Garcia has been hospitalized after a robbery at the store. In September 2013, two robbers struck Garcia in the head with brass knuckles, authorities said. Nicholas Troy Bogert II pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and was sentenced to 17 years in prison in September 2014. Jordan Tanner Krob is awaiting trial on an aggravated robbery charge in the case.
Tillery was in the Tarrant County Jail on Tuesday night with bail set at $520,000.
The last major abduction in the College Station area also ended in Fort Worth, Fleeger noted. In August 2010, Stanley Wayne Robertson killed his ex-girlfriend’s 59-year-old mother by kidnapping and repeatedly stabbing her before dumping her body in a Fort Worth parking lot. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole in February 2013.
Fort Worth police have jurisdiction over portions of Haslet, Enright said.
This report includes material from The Eagle of Bryan-College Station.
Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792
How to help
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call College Station police at 979-764-3600 or Brazos County Crime Stoppers at 979-775-TIPS.