Shenandoah PD catches Valero robber caught in the midst

Shenandoah, March 27 – On March 25, 2018, at approximately 11:56 p.m., the Shenandoah Police Department responded to the Valero Corner Store located at 28727 Interstate 45 North in Shenandoah, Texas as a reported robbery in progress which the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office dispatched.  Officer P. Reade arrived at the scene and observed a white van parked outside the store and a man ducking behind the store counter that matched a description given by the Sheriff’s dispatch center.

Officer Reade then checked the van for occupants and entered the Valero store to detain the suspect who was in the process of stealing cigarettes and beer from the store. The suspect had been loading the merchandise into his van going in and out of the store. Officer Reade confronted the suspect and ordered the suspect to surrender. The suspect, later identified as a 52 year old Darryl Eugene Edwards, was instructed by Officer Reade to put his hands in the air. Officer Reade had drawn his service weapon as it had been reported by the dispatch center that the suspect was possibly armed.

Evans refused to comply but no weapons were observed by Officer Reade. Reade holstered his service weapon and drew his Taser. Edwards was again ordered to surrender and warned he would be tased. Edwards refused to comply with Officer Reade’s demands to surrender again. Officer Reade was forced to use his Taser and physical force in an attempt to subdue Edwards. Edwards resisted arrest as Officer Reade was detaining him.

Oak Ridge North Police Sergeant Barry arrived on scene and assisted Officer Reade in getting Edwrads to the ground where Edwards gave continued aggressive resistance. Shenandoah Officers C. Duenas and J. Langston then arrived and were able to assist the two other officers with handcuffing Evans.

Investigation revealed that Edwards had threatened to shoot the Valero clerk while announcing, “This is a robbery, I have a gun and I will shoot you if you move!” Edwards then began loading cases of beer into his van and stealing the cigarettes. The Valero clerk was able to notify law enforcement while Edwards was loading the beer.

Edwards was charged with Robbery and Resisting Arrest. Edwards has been booked into the Montgomery County Jail with a disposition code of HELD.

Chief Raymond Shaw said, “Officer Reade did a fantastic job and showed excellence in professional skill and restraint with his actions towards Evans”. All the Shenandoah Officers, Sergeant Barry, and Detective Sergeant Gordon did a great job in assuring that Edwards will not be revisiting our Shenandoah convenience stores for quite some time. He will have to buy his consumer goods through the Montgomery County jail commissary”.

 

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