One suspect is connected to six armed robberies of Fort Worth businesses in the last two weeks, including three on the same night.
Police described him as a black man in his early to mid-20s. He’s accused of targeting two Holiday Inns, a Motel 6, a 7-Eleven, a tobacco shop and an adult novelty store.
He demands cash, police said, and then cell phones, so victims can’t quickly call police. No one has been injured during the robberies, but the suspect, armed with a black semi-automatic pistol, is considered dangerous.
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He was wearing a pink hoodie when he last struck early Wednesday at a Holiday Inn near Meacham Boulevard in north Fort Worth. He pulled a gun on the clerk as he reached the front desk. After a few seconds, he hopped the counter and began searching for money.
The series of burglaries started Nov. 27, when the Romance Store off I-35 in south Fort Worth was robbed at about 8 p.m., according to a police incident report.
After a week of inactivity, police believe the same man robbed the Smokes Etc. store Dec. 4 off Alta Mere Drive in west Fort Worth.
In the surveillance video, the suspect walks into the store, his head covered with a black hood. He reaches the counter, and then pulls out a gun as he walks behind the register. The clerk, Katie Johnson, steps aside as he fills his pockets with cash. Before he leaves, he takes Johnson’s cell phone.
“He was in and out of there in under a minute,” she said.
At about 11 p.m. Monday, a man with a handgun robbed a Motel 6 off I-30 near Beach Street. The man stole $900 from the register, said Vishao Patel, the motel’s general manager.
In a separate incident Tuesday, a man was robbed at gunpoint of his wallet outside a Family Dollar store. The suspect drove away in a blue minivan. Also this week, two Jack in the Box restaurants were robbed at gunpoint — one off I-35 near downtown and the other in far south Fort Worth off Hulen Street.
Multiple burglaries are common this time of year, police said.
“Frankly, robberies, burglaries and thefts all usually increase during the holidays due to the opportunity of high value targets,” said Cpl. Tracey Knight, a Fort Worth police spokeswoman.
Ryan Osborne: 817-390-7684, @RyanOsborneFWST