Abilene Police: Sawed-off shotgun used to rob business

From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 3:45 a.m. Friday, Officer Mack Garrett responded to a robbery call at a business in the 3300 block of East Highway 80. A male clerk contacted APD dispatch and advised that he had been robbed by a male suspect with a sawed-off shotgun. The suspect demanded money and fled from the scene. Officers initially had limited information available to them during the preliminary investigation. Money was taken and no injuries were reported. This investigation continues.

At about 10:35 p.m. Thursday, Officer Jessica Watkins contacted a motorist in the 2600 block of N. 14th Street for a traffic violation. K-9 Officer Josh New and his K-9 assisted with the traffic stop. Officer Watkins contacted the male driver during the preliminary investigation and when she asked the driver to step in front of her patrol vehicle, the driver ran from the scene. Officer Watkins gave chase down an alley and the driver was arrested moments later. The driver threw a handgun during the foot chase. The handgun was recovered and seized. The K-9 also alerted on the vehicle for the presence of narcotics. During a search of the vehicle illicit narcotics were not located, but a short-barreled shotgun was. A records check revealed the driver to be a convicted felon and the investigation revealed that the property in the vehicle belonged to him. The driver was arrested for two felony offenses (Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon and for Prohibited Weapon) and for misdemeanor Evading Detention.

At about 12:45 a.m. Friday, Officer Chris Jennings responded to a vehicular crash in the 1100 block of Jeanette Street. APD dispatch received a few calls about this incident and were advised that a car had collided with a parked car. Officer Jennings arrived to the scene and contacted the male driver of a silver Nissan Altima that had collided with a parked SUV. The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the Nissan was the sole occupant and that there were no occupants in the parked SUV. Upon contacting the driver, Officer Jennings smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver's breath. Officer Jennings also observed that the driver displayed indicators of intoxication. The driver conducted standard field sobriety tests which he performed poorly. The driver was arrested and taken to county jail where he provided breath specimens. Breath specimens taken displayed a BAC of 0.173 and 0.170. The driver was arrested for the enhanced misdemeanor offense of DWI (Class A) based on a BAC above 0.15. The completed crash report is pending and this investigation continues.

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