The yellow rain gear disguise on a sunny day didn’t work for a burglary suspect on Tuesday.
An 18-year-old Fort Worth man suspected of burglarizing a Fort Worth neighborhood and running to a building on the Texas Christian University campus to escape police was arrested Tuesday morning when he walked out wearing yellow rain gear and carrying a 10-gallon aquarium.
“He thought he could blend into the school,” TCU police Sgt. Kelly Ham said Wednesday. “Officers saw him and he matched the description of the suspect who had gone into the building. They walked up to him and he placed the aquarium down and ran.”
Five minutes later, Luis Ortiz was in custody.
The incident began shortly after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when a homeowner in the 3100 block of Wabash Avenue returned home and found someone walking out of the front door with her computer.
The suspect ran to his car, jumped in, and drove off, only to crash seconds later with another car which then hit a pickup at Wabash Avenue and West Berry Street. TCU police saw the accident and witnessed the suspect fleeing to Winton Scott Hall on the TCU campus.
TCU police covered all exits to the five-story science building and began a search with Fort Worth police assisting.
About 25 minutes later, police noticed a man matching the description of the suspect walking out of Winton Scott Hall and wearing a yellow slicker jacket and matching pants.
“It’s the kind our maintenance crew would wear, but I don’t know if that’s where he got them from,” Ham said.
On Tuesday morning, it was mostly partly cloudy, but there was no rain.
The man was also carrying an empty 10-gallon aquarium.
Ortiz remained in the Fort Worth Jail on Wednesday, facing charges of burglary of a habitation and accident involving injury.