Suspect falls face first in robbery attempt

Suspect falls face first in robbery attempt
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 11:31am

A robbery suspect falls face first after attempting to rob a convenience store in Harlingen.

On Tuesday, July 16th, in the early morning hours a store clerk, working at a Stripes store in the 600 block of West Harrison Avenue, dialed 911 because he suspected a man, who entered the store, was "up to something."

The clerk left the phone off the hook, as the suspect, later identified as Juan Olea Rivera, 37, approached him with a knife, allowing the 911 operator to hear Rivera demand money from the register.

Rivera emptied the money into his backpack, along with cigarettes and other items on the counter, and exited the store attempting to flee on foot.

The clerk chased Rivera down grabbing him by his backpack and causing him to fall face first onto the pavement, Rivera was still able to flee, but left his backpack behind.

Police were able to locate Rivera minutes later and placed him under arrest for aggravated robbery.


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