FORT WORTH – Back in September, we told you about a prolific robber who strolled into Tarrant County Metro PCS and check cashing stores armed with a gun, often wearing disguises. One time he donned a construction hat and a vest. For another, he posed as a floral delivery employee, using flowers to block his face.
Between the beginning of June and Sept. 5, Fort Worth police said the man was responsible for five armed robberies. Now six weeks later, the man’s struck 11 more times in Fort Worth and surrounding cities; namely, Arlington, Burleson, Mansfield, North Richland Hills and Pantego.
Fort Worth police held a press conference Friday morning to appeal to the public –– they need help finding this suspect. Department spokesman Clifton Miller described the man as “a very dangerous individual” who’s created “a volatile situation.”
Nobody’s been injured, nor has the suspect –– verbally –– threatened anyone’s life while he’s robbing the businesses. But he’s carried a gun and pointed it flippantly at his victims’ heads, often forcing them into a back room or onto the ground while he steals money.
“He has been very careful to disguise his face when he goes in; he’s always wearing some form of glasses or masks,” said Detective Stephanie Phillips. “That’s the problem we’re having with identifying him. Plus, he’s changing his outfit as he goes from one robbery to the next.”
And so, police don’t have many identifiers –– other than one photo, taken at a Burleson cash checking location where, says Phillips, “he was not as aware of the cameras in that particular location.”
He’s never been spotted slinking away in a getaway vehicle nor has anyone ever accompanied him on his robberies. So police are asking residents to keep an eye out, especially if they’re frequenting check cashing businesses or Metro PCS stores.
“Please, anyone out there who sees anyone walking outside the stores, looking down, trying to be evasive, avoiding eye contact; these are the types of behavior we’re asking you to recognize and contact us,” Miller said. “This guy is pretty clever to get away with 16 (robberies).”
The suspect has hit a store when it opened and robbed another when it was closing. Police say he’s even robbed three in one day. Phillips described him as a Hispanic male between 30 and 40 years old with a slender build.
He’s also dressed as a cowboy –– “as in cowboy hat, long sleeve shirt, designer jeans and cowboy boots,” Phillips said –– and worn a “Groucho Marx style mask” with fake nose and glasses.
“We’re looking for someone responsible for 16 aggravated robberies,” Miller said. “We want that to stop.”