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June 29th, 2009
Police nab Friday night pizza joint robber

STAFF REPORT

San Marcos Police have apprehended a Seguin man suspected in the shotgun robbery of a San Marcos pizza shop Friday night and an automotive store on May 30.

San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) and Seguin police arrested the man without incident Saturday in Seguin.

Luis Rey Pena, 21, (DOB June 6, 1988), is jailed at the Hays County Law Enforcement Center under $200,000 bond, charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. He is also a suspect in a third robbery in Seguin.

AMPD Commander Terry Nichols said a man entered Little Caesar’s Pizza on the 1000 block of SH 80 about 11 p.m. Friday, carrying a shotgun.

The suspect fired the shotgun into the ceiling and demanded money from the employees. The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The employees were not injured.

The aggravated robbery was similar to an incident that occurred at 10 p.m. on May 30 when a man carrying a shotgun entered the Auto Zone on the 600 block of South Guadalupe Street in San Marcos and fired into to the ceiling. He demanded money from the employees and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured.

“These were both very violent robberies, incidents that are uncommon in our community,” Nichols said.  “Armed robberies are very concerning to us, especially when shots are fired. We are glad to have this violent suspect in custody.”

Police received information Saturday that Pena was responsible for both robberies, as well as a third similar robbery on June 19 at Dyess Food Mart on the 300 block of SH 123 in Seguin.

The investigation led detectives to Seguin, where Pena was arrested without incident late Saturday evening.

Police recovered the weapon used in both robberies, as well as property stolen from Little Caesar’s, Nichols said. Pena was transported to the Hays County Law Enforcement Center, where he was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, a first degree felony.

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