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East Texas authorities share more details about 'armed and dangerous' robbery suspect

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A warning is out for an armed and dangerous fugitive that police say was involved in a restaurant robbery last week.

Multiple law enforcement agencies in Longview and Upshur County have spent hours searching for 42-year-old Bryan Stevens. Around 5 a.m.,  Longview Police began searching for Stevens in a wooded area near Judson Road and Mary Ellen Drive. Then, hours later, police say Stevens was spotted in a wooded area near the 5000 block of Gilmer Road.

A DPS helicopter loudly searched from the sky, letting residents down below know that a wanted man was on the run.

"They were flying around from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. I guess," recalls Tara Hughes, who lives nearby. "They had K9s and everything else and they just said that the guy was a white, short male, skinny, tattoos, scruffily and wearing a black hat," she explains.

Hughes says she and her children stayed inside with the doors locked while she uncomfortably awaited an update from police.

"They knocked on our door and said they were confident that he wasn't in our neighborhood anymore," says Tara.

Not long after that, police say Stevens had been spotted four miles west of where they were searching. Longview Police say East Mountain Police spotted Stevens off of Gilmer road. The search was on again, but after hours of looking, authorities left without making any arrests.

"They wouldn't tell me what he did, why they wanted him or why they were even looking for him," says Tara.

Late Thursday afternoon, Longview Police confirmed that Bryan Stevens is believed to be the man seen robbing the China King restaurant on December 20th. Store surveillance video captured a white male in a ball cap robbing the restaurant. Authorities say he was armed during that robbery and they still believe he is armed now.

Meanwhile, Longview residents are staying alert and are willing to protect themselves.

"I had a knife and momma bear is going to take care of her babies and I would have taken care of them no matter what," explains Tara.

Bryan Stevens is also known to go by the name, "Robby." Again, police are urging any residents who see him to call authorities immediately and not to approach him. Stevens was previously arrested for assault and is currently wanted for violating his probation in Williamson County, which is just north of Austin.

According to Stevens' Facebook page, in 2013 he worked as a welder in the Houston area. He is known to have connections in Houston, Williamson County and Dallas.

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