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Police: Armed man wearing ‘Scream' mask robs Abilene scrap metal business

ABILENE, Texas - Abilene police have arrested a man and his girlfriend for a robbing a scrap metal business.

The man is accused of wearing a mask from the 1996 slasher film, “Scream,” during the robbery.

Gary Bien, 30, and Ericha Sanchez, 24, both of Abilene, were arrested Monday on aggravated robbery charges.

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According to pre-indictment warrants obtained by KTXS, on Wednesday, Sept. 6, Bien walked into A-1 Core and Metals at 301 N. Treadaway wearing a “Scream” mask. He pointed a “silver, long barrel revolver” at the clerk and demanded the black money bag. The clerk acted like he didn’t know what Bien was talking about. Bien eventually walked behind the register, grabbed the bag and took off.

A witness saw Bien run towards a Chevy Impala, with a dent on the driver’s side, yelling, “Open the (expletive) door!” He got in the passenger seat and yelled, “Hurry up, go, go!”

The witness said the driver was a female with blonde hair.

A delivery driver said Bien asked him earlier that morning to use his cell phone. Bien claimed his car had broken down and he needed to call his wife to pick him up.

The number was traced to Sanchez who has blonde streaks in her hair.

The witness who saw Bien jump in the Impala spotted the car the next day at the Dollar General on Judge Ely. Police obtained surveillance video from Dollar General and United Supermarket, which in the in the same shopping center, that shows Bien and Sanchez in both stores together.

Bien’s bond was set at $150,000. Sanchez’s bond is $35,000.


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