San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

April 16th, 2009
Police catch armed robbery suspect

Christopher Ryan Smith.


The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) arrested and charged a 27-year-old New Braunfels resident with the armed robbery of a San Marcos Dollar General store early Thursday morning.

SMPD responded to an armed robbery call at 7:15 a.m., and proceeded to the store, which is located at Willow Springs Drive and Hunter Road. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a black ski mask, black gloves and a black jacket.

Police released the name of the suspect, Christopher Ryan Smith, Thursday evening.

SMPD and Texas State Police began searching the wooded area to which the suspect had fled. Witnesses near Maria Hernandez Middle School gave police a description of his vehicle and its license plate number.

SMPD Corporal Scott Johnson then observed the suspect vehicle turning onto Hunter Road from Reimer. The vehicle then immediately tried to flee, and was pursued into New Braunfels. Officers from the New Braunfels Police Department and Comal County Sheriff’s Office assisted. Eventually, the suspect was captured on Luckett Street in New Braunfels by a Comal Deputy Sheriff.

The stolen property was then located, along with the weapon used in the robbery, in the suspect’s vehicle.

“This is a great example of citizens and police agencies working together to solve these violent crimes in our community,” said SMPD Commander Terry Nichols. “Without the assistance of the citizen who took time to write down the license plate, and the assistance of Texas State University Police, as well as New Braunfels and Comal County agencies, we would not be able to have captured this suspect.”

Aggrivated Robbery, a first degree felony, is punishable by a prison term of 5-99 years, and a $10,000 fine. Evading Arrest carries a punishment of 180 days to two years in jail, and a $10,000 fine.

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