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FROM STAFF REPORTS

NEW BRAUNFELS — A Houston man is charged with using a stun gun to rob three fast food restaurants and a coffee shop along Interstate 35 between San Antonio and New Braunfels on Monday.

Brandon Breaux

Brandon Breaux

New Braunfels police arrested 22-year-old Brandon Breaux and a traveling companion the evening of July 1, minutes after he allegedly used a stun gun on a Burger King employee at 236 W. Interstate 35 before absconding with cash from the register.

After leaving the store, Breaux ran across Seguin Avenue to a getaway car waiting in the Courtyard Plaza Shopping Center parking lot, police spokesperson David Ferguson said. Based on witnesses’ description of the vehicle, a New Braunfels officer pulled over a red Toyota sedan driven by Breaux in the 3500 block of northbound Interstate 35. The stun gun was found inside the car along with money stolen from the restaurant, Ferguson said.

Corrine Clifford

Corrine Clifford

Breaux is charged with robbery, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison. A passenger in the car, 20-year-old Corrine Clifford of Houston was arrested for giving officers false identifying information, a Class A misdemeanor, and for a Montgomery County arrest warrant for Class A misdemeanor assault.

After the arrests, New Braunfels police learned of similar robberies or attempted robberies reported earlier the same day in other jurisdictions: In San Antonio, at a Taco Cabana and a McDonald’s on Rittiman Road near Interstate 35 and, in Selma, and at a Starbucks in The Forum at Olympia Parkway retail center.

Witnesses to the earlier fast food and coffee shop heists gave descriptions that fit Breaux and “a similar method of robbery was used in all four crimes,” Ferguson said. Breaux could face additional charges for unspecified crimes committed in the Houston area, Ferguson said.

Bexar County judicial records do not indicate that Breaux has been charged yet in the San Antonio and Selma robberies and attempted robberies. He was still being held in the Comal County Jail early Wednesday, as was Clifford, jail records state.

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Police say a Houston man armed with a stun gun robbed, or tried to rob, a Taco Cabana [1] and a McDonald’s [2] in San Antonio; a Starbucks [3] in Selman; and a Burger King [4] in New Braunfels on Monday, July 20. He was arrested that evening by New Braunfels police.

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