An alleged robber was nabbed by Kountze police and Hardin County Sheriff’s deputies after an armed robbery at the Tejas Grocery store at the intersection of Hwy. 69 and FM 418 in Kountze on Wednesday.
According to Kountze police officer Nathan Deweese, the cashier said that a masked man entered the store at 2:07 a.m. and showed a pistol while demanding money.
The suspect emptied the cash drawer and left the store, continuing to point the gun at the cashier, the report said.
After Kountze police officer Randy Erwin viewed video surveillance, the suspect was allegedly identified as Xavier Lacy, 27, of Kountze.
According to police, Lacy was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. The cashier allegedly told police that the suspect had been in the store several times before the incident.
With the aid of Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, a search warrant was executed and Lacy was apprehended in the afternoon at a residence in Kountze.
Kountze police recovered a pistol similar to the one in the video, along with $998 in cash and one large marijuana plant, the report says.
Lacy was charged with one count of aggravated robbery, a first degree felony. Bond has not been set.