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Surveillance video captures terrifying armed robbery

Wayne Michael Frangiosa. Photo Source: Cherokee County Jail. Wayne Michael Frangiosa. Photo Source: Cherokee County Jail.
Cody Lynn Kirby. Photo Source: Cherokee County Jail. Cody Lynn Kirby. Photo Source: Cherokee County Jail.
Briana Michelle Hale. Photo Source: Cherokee County Jail. Briana Michelle Hale. Photo Source: Cherokee County Jail.
Aaron Albert Hale. Photo Source: Cherokee County Jail. Aaron Albert Hale. Photo Source: Cherokee County Jail.

UPDATE: We now have the disturbing surveillance video from an armed robbery at a Jacksonville convenience store. To make it worse, the employee who was robbed, is eight months pregnant.

Cherokee county authorities say the robbers struck late Tuesday night at the Fast-Trac store south of Jacksonville.

About an hour later a DPS trooper was able to pull over the suspects' car at Love's Lookout, reportedly finding guns, masks, and gloves in the car.

Four people have been arrested, and authorities say they are looking for a fifth person connected to this crime.

Guns drawn, two robbers bust-in the convenience store wearing terrifying masks. Hands up, a customer backs away, as the robbers threaten the pregnant clerk with her life.

"They were like really mad, they were like, I swear to God I'm going to shoot you if you don't give me all the money and I just said, you can go because I don't have no more money, I just turned my back and they left, said the clerk.

You can see in the video, those moments playing out. The clerk worked quickly, emptying the cash drawer in the duffle bag. As the robber waved his gun wildly around, the clerk tries to tell him that's it; there's no more money. With her hands up, she slowly turned around. You can't see him, but the customer is still in the store.

"I'm also glad the customer was with me, I just thank God for everything you know," she said.

The four suspects are each facing charges ranging from robbery to drug possession to engaging in organized criminal activity. Their mug shots are a very different image than the masked faces the pregnant clerk was forced to deal with; uncertain if she, her unborn child and an innocent customer would make it home on that Tuesday night.

Cherokee County officials say they are still looking for a fifth suspect. They say he was not with the four people arrested last night, but do believe he is associated with the robberies.

 


CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV)- Four people are behind bars and East Texas authorities said they could be connected to a series of convenience store robberies.

"They just told me, 'give me all the money-- don't say nothing, don't do nothing,' so I was just trying to open the cash register and I just handed them the money, all of what we had," said the clerk.

The clerk, eight months pregnant and still too shaken up to show her face on camera, said it all happened so fast she thought she was dreaming.

"They were like really mad, they were like, 'I swear to God I'm going to shoot you if you don't give me all the money' and I just said, 'you can go because I don't have no more money,' I just turned my back and they left," she said.

She said she tried to stay calm and do everything the robbers told her to do.
Thankful she wasn't alone-- a customer had walked in just moments before.
Though he was robbed too, they were both unharmed.

Officials said catching these robbers has been a long time coming.

"To me, it's Christmas in October catching these people. You know, they were stupid, but they were still dangerous and you never know what they're going to do," said Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell.

Campbell said there have been a series of convenience store robberies in Cherokee County since this month-- and it's likely these robbers are responsible for more than just Monday night's hold-up.

"We feel like they probably are but like I say, we're still investigating it," he said.

With charges ranging from organized criminal activity to drug possession... and each with a bond set above a half a million dollars, these four faces will spend tonight behind bars.

Cherokee County officials said they are still looking for a fifth suspect.
They said he was not with the four people arrested last night, but do believe he is associated with the robberies.

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Released by Cherokee County SO:

On Tuesday October 25, 2011 at approximately 9:50pm, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office received a call in reference to a hold-up alarm at the Fastrac convenience store located at the corner of FM-2138 and South Bolton Street.

Cherokee County Deputies and Jacksonville P.D. officers arrived on scene within 3 minutes, and were advised by the clerk that two male suspects dressed in dark clothing and masks had fled on foot.

The clerk stated that one suspect had a rifle, the other a handgun. They took the money from the register, and robbed a customer that was in the store when they burst in.

At approximately 11:00 pm Texas DPS Trooper Cpl Metzig located a vehicle matching the description from previous store robberies in the past three weeks.

Trooper Metzig stopped the vehicle at Loves Lookout roadside park just north of Jacksonville. After backup Deputies arrived, the four occupants (three white males and one white female, ages 17-22, all from the Jacksonville area) were detained and a loaded revolver was located in the vehicle along with Halloween type masks and gloves. It was at that time that one of the suspects ran from the vehicle and into the wooded area behind Love's Lookout.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) K-9 unit was in the area assisting in the search around the store and immediately responded to Loves Lookout. Assistance from the TxDPS Helicopter out of Longview was requested and arrived after TDCJ K-9 handlers began tracking the suspect. The trackers narrowed down an area of dense underbrush where he was hiding and a perimeter was established with units from Cherokee County and Jacksonville P.D.

Once the helicopter arrived, the suspect attempted changing locations again, but was spotted by the FLIR system and was apprehended.

Bonds will be set when the suspects are arraigned later today on charges of:

• Aaron Albert Hale (19 - Jacksonville):


Aggravated Robbery - $250,000
Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - $250,000
Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Felon - $50,000
Total Bonds: $550,000


• Cody Lynn Kirby (22 - Jacksonville):


Aggravated Robbery - $250,000
Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - $250,000
Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Felon - $50,000
Total Bonds: $550,000


• Briana Michelle Hale (17 - Jacksonville):


Aggravated Robbery - $250,000
Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - $250,000
Possession of Marijuana < 2 oz - $1,000
Possession of Dangerous Drug - $2,000
Total Bonds: $503,000


• Wayne Michael Frangiosa (21 - Jacksonville):


Aggravated Robbery - $250,000
Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - $250,000
Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Felon - $50,000
Evading Arrest or Detention - $2,000
Total Bonds: $552,000

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