Two women were battered during store robberies in Robstown Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and police continued their search for the suspect Friday.
The first unarmed robbery occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when a Hispanic male entered the Town & Country Community Store at 600 N. Fifth St.
The robber used his fists and assaulted the store's co-owner, Sandra Gonzalez, before stealing about $30, said Robstown police Sgt. Albert Stout Jr.
Gonzalez suffered a black eye, redness to her left cheek, and had some loose teeth, police said.
She was treated at the scene by Robstown Emergency Medical Services and released.
The same apparent suspect was seen again Thursday afternoon riding a bicycle along Avenue B before he went into the Robstown Laundry and Cleaners at 425 E. Ave. B and asked about prices, Stout said.
Robstown Det. Arturo Gonzalez said police thought the two robberies were committed by the same person, despite some discrepancies in the assailant's description, since the two robberies occurred at about the same times of day, only a few blocks apart.
"We had units patrolling the area all day (Friday)," Gonzalez said.
"We're thinking it's the same person," Stout added.
After leaving the cleaners, the suspect then went around the corner and into the Trash & Treasure antique store at 201 N. Fifth St. at about 2:30 p.m., he said.
There, he assaulted store owner Joyce Milstead with a coffee cup, Gonzalez said.
Milstead suffered a suspected broken nose, bruising to the back of her head, and lacerations to her eyebrow and forehead area as a result of the beating, Gonzalez said.
Milstead was taken by ambulance to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital where she was listed in stable condition Friday, a nursing supervisor said.
Police said it was unknown if anything had been stolen from the Trash and Treasures stores.
Police described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his 20s, bald, with a medium complexion, tattoos on both sides of his neck, and piercing to both eyebrows.
He was last seen wearing a yellow T-shirt with dark, colored stripes and blue jean shorts.
The robber acted alone, without weapons or a mask, police said.
Gonzalez said the public has been helpful in the investigation, but that police need more help to catch the robber. He said it was still unknown Friday if the robber is from the Robstown area.
"Anymore information would help us out a lot," he said.
Anyone with information was asked to call the police department at 387-3531.