Center Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit responds to K&S Food Mart Robbery

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Less than 14 hours after Center Police responded to an armed robbery early Thursday morning at K&S Food Mart in Center an arrest was made, police reported Friday.

On Thursday, Sept. 19, at approximately 5 a.m. the Center Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit responded to K&S Food Mart located at 462 State Highway 7 East in reference to an Aggravated Robbery that had occurred.

The suspect, later identified by detectives as Jonathan Vidal –Delacruz, hispanic male aged 23, had entered the store and attempted to fire a 9mm semi auto pistol at the owner of the business.

The weapon apparently malfunctioned. Delacruz then chambered another live round into the weapon and pointed it at the victim, demanding the cash from the register.

The victim complied and then Delacruz left the store.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence that Delacruz was staying in and were able to locate evidentiary items used in the crime.  Detectives later located Delacruz and he was taken into custody at approximately 6 p.m., Thursday — about 13 hours after the robbery.

The Police Department would like to thank the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and The Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers for their assistance and vital roles in the search warrant execution and apprehension of the suspect.

Delacruz is charged with Violation of Probation Warrant (Original charge Burglary), Failure to Identify Fugitive from Justice (M-A), Aggravated Robbery (First Degree Felony) Attempted Capital Murder (First Degree Felony).

The Street Crimes Unit is currently working with The Department of Homeland Security, and  Delacruz is also being held on an Immigration Detainer and will face Federal charges of Alien in Possession of Firearm and Re-entry after Deportation offenses. 

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