A “violent” knife-wielding robber accused of robbing at least four people in Fort Worth and one in Euless was captured Tuesday in Oklahoma, police said Wednesday.
Police identified the suspect as James Michael Anderson, 28, of Fort Worth.
Anderson was in custody Wednesday morning in Marietta, Okla., awaiting extradition back to Texas.
Oklahoma authorities arrested Anderson Tuesday in the WinStar Casino, accused of a vehicle burglary in the parking lot of the casino. Authorities also recovered a Dodge pickup stolen in Fort Worth.
Before he was arrested at WinStar, Anderson is accused of committing a robbery in Gainesville, on the Texas side of the border near the casino, police said.
On Tuesday, detectives had asked for the public’s help in identifying a man accused in a series of holdups in Fort Worth and Euless, including one case in which a victim was stabbed.
He was captured in security camera footage wearing a gray and black hooded jacket, a black baseball cap, jeans and tennis shoes.
In Fort Worth, the man robbed at least four people at knifepoint of “easy stuff like money,” said Daniel Segura, a Fort Worth police spokesman.
The first reported robbery was in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart at 717 W. Berry St. about 2 p.m. Monday, according to police. The robber approached a man and took off in the man’s dark blue and gray 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 single-cab pickup with the Texas license plate DFJ2848, Segura said.
Less than an hour later, a man of the same description and driving the stolen Dodge tried to rob a woman and her two children outside a Subway in 5300 block of Trail Lake Drive. The woman honked her horn and scared the man off, CBS 11 reported.
Segura said the woman and children were uninjured and the man didn’t take anything.
“He is getting to the point that he is doing it so often he is getting comfortable,” Segura said Tuesday. “Maybe he noticed she didn’t have anything worth taking.”
Shortly afterward, a man of the same description in the same truck stabbed a man in the back and robbed him in the parking lot of Home Depot at 9509 White Settlement Road, CBS 11 reported. The victim was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, Segura said. No description of the victim was given.
At 8 a.m. Tuesday, the robber, still in the Dodge, held up a woman at knifepoint in the parking lot of a Home Depot at 7950 South Freeway.
Two hours later, he was in Euless, where a robbery was reported about 10 a.m. in the parking lot of a gas station in the 200 block of North Main Street.
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Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS or Detective Brian Raynsford of the Fort Worth police robbery unit at 817-392-4469.