In an armed robbery allegedly committed before 10:42 p.m. Sunday, Temple pizza employees were reportedly locked in the freezer by two robbers.
A 40-year-old Belton man was arrested Sunday by Temple Police officers after he reportedly robbed Mike’s Pizza at 2902 S. 31st St., Temple Police Cpl. Shawana Neely said.
Juan Hernandez was arrested on two outstanding Class C warrants out of Belton after he was found walking in the area and matched the description of one robber. He wore only a T-shirt and shorts, but the gray zip-up hoodie the robber wore was found in a nearby dumpster. Hernandez appeared to be tired and sweaty, Neely said.
He was one of two men who reportedly walked into the business and demanded money. The employees were locked in the freezer and one employee made the 911 call. An unknown amount of cash was taken from the store.
The employees didn’t get a good look at the smaller robber, but officers believe they know that person’s identity.
One of the robbers had a gun, the report said.
The store’s video system wasn’t working, Neely said.
Hernandez is charged with two Class C warrants, Bell County Jail records indicated. A third-degree felony hold also was listed.
The robbery case is still active and is waiting for review by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, according to Neely.
The Valero convenience store at 4503 S. 31 St. was reportedly robbed at 10:58 p.m. Saturday.
The robber was described as a black man dressed all in black with a balaclava covering his face. He allegedly wore a black hoodie and gray gloves as he walked into the store, pointed a handgun at the store’s clerk and demanded money, Neely said.
The robber ran away with about $500. The case is active.