Aggravated Robbery Suspect Arrested; Case # 12-12153 (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 02:00 (2419 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – On Sunday morning, July 8, 2012, at approximately 9:55 am, officers from the Patrol Division responded to an aggravated robbery call outside a business in the 1300 block of S. 14th Street. The male victim alleged that his backpack and other property were stolen at gunpoint by a male suspect that fled on foot. Officers arrived on scene and contacted the victim who was uninjured. Their preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, an Abilene resident, was on the premises of the convenience store when the robbery occurred. Officers were unable to locate the suspect. However, some property belonging to the victim was recovered during the search for the suspect.

Later Sunday evening at about 7:40 pm, officers responded to a fight call in the area of S. 14th and Butternut Streets. APD Dispatch had been informed of a disturbance in progress between two males and there was a report that one of them had a pistol. A description of the subjects was provided. Officer Robert Brannon arrived on-scene and observed a male matching the description of the possible armed subject. But when Officer Brannon attempted to contact the subject, the male subject fled on foot and Officer Brannon gave chase. The subject continued to run while being commanded to stop. Officers caught the subject a short time later in the 1200 block of Elm Street. A semi-automatic handgun was subsequently located by responding officers. The subject, Lawrence Jacob Billups, DOB: 06/13/93, was arrested for evading detention. During this investigation, officers recalled the robbery from earlier in the day. They realized that Mr. Billups, and the gun found, was similar to the description of the robbery suspect and the gun used during the robbery. Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division were summoned to assist in the investigation. Mr. Billups was taken to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning.

The investigation revealed that Mr. Billups committed the crime of aggravated robbery earlier that day when he pointed the gun (that was recovered after the chase) at the victim and stole his property. Additional stolen property from the robbery was recovered during the investigation and further linked the suspect to the crime. Mr. Billups was charged on July 9th with aggravated robbery after a pre-indictment warrant was issued. A bond of $150,000.00 was set.

This investigation continues and no further information about this incident will be released at this time.

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