Crime Central

Oct 10, 2013 12:06 PM

Robbery Suspect Surrenders to Police

CORPUS CHRISTI - A man wanted for the armed robbery of a Dollar General Saturday morning surrendered to authorities last night. Officers spent several hours yesterday trying to track down Juan Vela Jr., 46, by checking with his family members. Police say he surrendered last night in the city hall parking lot.

He's only charged with robbing two employees at the Dollar General on Morgan Avenue, although investigators are looking into the possibility he's linked to the robbery of a Walmart the same day.

According to the arrest affidavit, Vela's accused of using duct tape to tie up a Dollar General employee while threatening her with a knife. This all happened right after she went into the office to check the money in her register drawer.

She told police the robber was still inside the office when her manager came in and was caught off guard. The robber had the manager empty the money from the safe, registers and the box of petty cash.

Both women were able to positively identify Vela when given a photo lineup by investigators.

Investigators won't go into specifics on what lead them to identify Vela, but will say several tips helped out.

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