San Marcos police have arrested and charged a New Braunfels man with the armed robbery of the Dollar General store early Thursday morning.
Christopher Ryan Smith, 27, was arrested by a Comal County deputy after a pursuit from San Marcos to New Braunfels. The suspect, a New Braunfels resident, was booked into the Hays County jail on charges of aggravated robbery and evading arrest in a vehicle.
Police responded to the Dollar General store on Willow Springs Drive and Hunter Road at approximately 7:15 a.m. for a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a black ski mask, black gloves, and a black jacket.
Immediately after the robbery, San Marcos police and Texas State University police responded and began searching the wooded area where the suspect was last seen running. Witnesses near Hernandez Intermediate School were able to give police a vehicle description and license plate number of the vehicle in which the suspect was seen fleeing.
Minutes later, San Marcos Cpl. Scott Johnson observed the suspect vehicle turning onto Hunter Road from Reimer. The vehicle immediately fled and was pursued into New Braunfels by San Marcos Police. Officers from the New Braunfels Police Department and Comal County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the pursuit. The suspect was eventually captured on Luckett Street in New Braunfels by a Comal County sheriff’s deputy, Sgt. Juan Guerrero.
Police located property stolen from the Dollar General store as well as the gun 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 Cmdr. 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.”
Aggravated robbery is a first degree felony punishable by imprisonment from five to 99 years and a $10,000 fine. Evading arrest in a vehicle is a state jail felony punishable by confinement in a State Jail from 180 days to 2 years and a $10,000 fine.
— FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS/MELISSA MILLECAM