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Oct 10, 2013 5:02 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Dollar General Robbery Suspect Surrenders

CORPUS CHRISTI - A man wanted for the armed robbery of a Dollar General Saturday morning surrendered to authorities at City Hall late last night. Now, police believe he may be the same guy who started a fire at the Walmart on Greenwood this weekend.

Six News was able to get ahold of the arrest affidavit that says what happened that day.

The two victims say it happened around 11 o'clock Saturday morning. They say 46-year old Juan Vela Jr. walked into the store. Court documents say Vela walked into the back room where he, "put his finger over his mouth and said don't say anything, don't yell or do anything stupid, I have a knife, I don't want to hurt you, I just want your money." The employee in the back told him she didn't have access to the money. Then she says Vela, "told her to put her hands behind her back and he duct taped her hands behind her."

After a few minutes, the second employee went to the back looking for the other woman. She told police she saw her coworker on the floor, screamed, then Vela got behind her and told her to shut up. She says Vela, "then forced her up front where she opened the safe and gave him the money." She put the money in a box, he left and they called police.

At this point Vela is only charged with the Dollar General robbery. However, investigators are looking into the possibility that he may have robbed the Walmart the same day.

Meanwhile, I spoke with the two employees who were robbed. They were back at work today and told me they are glad Vela was arrested. They both told me they're happy no one was seriously injured and say they want to move on and forget that terrifying day.

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