McKinney police say a 26-year-old man robbed a gas station and led officers on a chase that included gunfire, wrong-way driving and a sprint through a wooded area.
Deputy Chief J.H. Ellenburg said Devon Mendez is charged with felony counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and evading arrest or detention.
Mendez, 26, is accused of robbing the Tetco Gas Station at U.S. 380 and U.S. 75 at gunpoint just after 10 p.m. Saturday. He fled in a maroon Jeep Cherokee, zooming southbound on U.S. 75.
Just two exits down, however, Ellenburg said Mendez encountered some road construction. Instead of stopping, the 26-year-old erratically drove backward on the entrance ramp to reach the service road. Fellow drivers then began making 911 calls.
Off duty officers working at the construction site found the Jeep and followed it into the master-planned Stonebridge Ranch community on the west side of McKinney. Ellenburg said Mendez turned on Timber Circle Drive –– a cul de sac. Police tried to conduct a felony traffic stop, but Mendez again tried to flee.
Ellenburg said the Jeep drove toward the officers, prompting them to shoot at the car. One bullet hit the center of the hood. The other struck the driver’s door above the foot well, Ellenburg said.
Mendez got a few hundred feet on Timber Circle, but soon fled on foot through some woods. The officers chased and caught him. Nobody was injured.
Mendez is in custody at the Collin County Jail on $55,000 bond.