MCKINNEY – McKinney police need help finding an aggravated robber whose crimes are growing in both frequency and aggression.
Deputy Chief Kim Malolepszy said the man’s most recent robbery occured Thursday at the U.S. Post Office at 550 N. Central Expressway. McKinney police responded to a call that a man was trying to rob an elderly couple in the parking lot at 2 p.m.
Investigators learned the suspect had a handgun and ordered the couple to hand over their money. The male victim told the suspect he was having a heart attack, which scared the man away, Malolepszy said.
The suspect entered a gray van and fled the post office, which is located about one mile from Earl Slaughter Elementary School.
About three hours later, McKinney police got another call reporting an aggravated robbery at a Subway fast food restaurant at 1521 N. Custer Rd. The man robbed the store at gunpoint and fled with money. Surveillance footage captured him on camera during that incident.
The suspect at both robberies shared a similar description –– a white man in his mid-fifties who stood six feet tall and weighed about 250 pounds. His hair was graying or “salt and peppered,” Ellensworth said.
The man is also suspected in three other robberies in Collin County. Malolepszy said he’s suspected of twice robbing a Cash Now location in the 1300 block of Tennessee St.
The third occurred on Halloween at a Costco in Frisco. The man, whose description matches who McKinney police are searching for, entered through the exit door at 10:45 a.m. and walked to the return counter. He brandished a handgun and demanded money from the cashier.
He escaped with an undetermined amount of cash.
“It’s possible he may be connected to Costco in Frisco,” Malolepszy said. “The detectives are still working on that, but there’s a good possibility that he’s responsible for it.
While he hasn’t harmed anyone, Malolepszy said he’s become increasingly hostile with his victims. He’s threatened their lives and shoved a gun in front of their faces.
“He is definitely pointing the gun at them, telling them he will kill them and just progressively becoming more threatening,” she said. “We need to get him off the street.”