Two people were in jail, accused of robbing and injuring several people in a crime spree in Fort Worth late Friday, police said.
A man approached an elderly woman and her disabled daughter at a gas station in the 6100 block of South Hulen Street at about 6:30 p.m. and asked for the time. He then reached into their vehicle, took two purses and fled in a green car, police said in a news release.
Soon after, a man with a similar description robbed a 13-year-old boy outside a convenience store in the 100 block of West Drew Street, beating the boy before leaving in a green car. The boy was treated at the scene, police said.
Moments later, someone took items from a 14-year-old boy in the 1300 block of West Waggoman Street. When a relative of the boy’s came to help, the robber pulled out a knife and tried to stab the relative, then beat the relative, police said.
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The boy was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, and the relative was treated at the scene.
At about 9 p.m., a woman was getting in her car in the Hulen Mall parking lot when a man partly matching the previous descriptions approached her. The woman told police that he had a gun and tried to take her purse. She tried to drive away, dragging him around and hitting several cars, the release says.
The man fled in a green car.
Soon after, officers saw the car in the 4200 block of Standish Road and followed it for about two blocks until the man got out and ran.
The driver, Kimberly Hernandez, 20, was detained at the scene, and the man ran into a home.
Officers escorted the shaken resident away from the house and surrounded it.
A SWAT team and police negotiators were called in. After an hourslong standoff, police heard the suspect, Julio Ceasar Garcia, 24, calling out from the house. He was stuck in a crawl space and had to be freed by the SWAT team.
After questioning, Garcia and Hernandez were arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
Detectives were still investigating, and additional charges were expected, police said.
Mark David Smith, 817-390-7808