San Marcos police investigators this week arrested a man they believe pulled a series of armed robberies across town during a nine-week period starting on July 4.
Cedrick Lamont Samuel, 41, is so far charged with a single count of first-degree felony aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon but detectives say he is a suspect in two other convenience store robberies and one attempted robbery. In addition to the corner store heists, San Marcos and Texas State University police think Samuel may also be the man who robbed four people on and around the university campus since Aug. 30.
He was picked up late Thursday afternoon at a Uhland Road gas station just around the corner from the Hays County jail where he is now being held. Bail has been set at $30,000 by Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Joanne Prado.
In October 2012, Samuel completed a four-year sentence for a previous robbery conviction. According to investigators’ chronology of the crimes, he was still on parole when his robbery spree started this summer.
San Marcos police say Samuel is a suspect in these recent robberies:
- A) Thursday, July 4. Clerk at the 7-Eleven, 1004 N. Interstate 35, tells police he is robbed by a black man who claims to have a pistol.
- B) Thursday, July 11. Seven days after the initially robbery, a cashier at the Conoco Fast Stop, 1101 Texas 123, reports that he is robbed by a black man with a pistol.
- C) Sunday, July 28. A man wearing a ski mask attempts to enter the Sac-n-Pac at 500 S. Guadalupe St. but runs away upon discovering that the door is locked.
- D) Tuesday, July 30. A woman driver stopped at the intersection of Mill and Eastwood streets is approached by two men, one of whom has a pistol. They threaten to shoot her if she doesn’t turnover her purse; they take cash out then flee.
- E) Friday, Aug. 30. Nearly a month after the last robbery possibly linked to Samuel, a man fitting the description given by earlier victims robs a student outside Towers Hall early one morning, police say.
- F) Friday, Aug. 30. Minutes after the robbery at Towers Hall, a second student is robbed blocks away in the parking lot of the Sanctuary Lofts student apartments, 310 North Street, police say.
- G) Sunday, Sept. 1. A woman is robbed at the university-owned Bobcat Village Apartments, 1301 Aquarena Springs Dr. Police release few details about the incident.
- H) Sunday, Sept. 8. Samuel’s alleged armed robbery spree ends not far from where it began, at the Pac-n-Sac convenience store, 101 Linda Lane.
Police request anyone with information about Samuel or these crimes to call the department’s criminal investigations division at 512-753-2300.