A Sandia man was arrested by the Robstown Police Department Friday after he allegedly robbed the Dollar General store on Avenue J at gunpoint twice last week.
Daniel James Stanish Jr., 26, of Sandia, was arrested Friday and faces multiple charges in connection with the two robberies.
Det. Martin Flores, with the Robstown Police Department, said police received a call shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 that a robbery had taken place at the Dollar General. Two employees in the store at the time told police a man, later identified as Stanish, had approached the counter and asked the cashier for money from the register. The suspect was described as a white man, with a thin build, wearing a gray sweatshirt and a light-colored cap. When Stanish asked the cashier for money, he raised the front of his shirt to reveal a black, semi-automatic handgun tucked into his waistband, witnesses reported.
The cashier gave Stanish an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, and Stanish fled the store, Flores said.
On Nov. 5, a cashier who had been in the store at the time of the first robbery reportedly saw the same man walk into the Dollar General on Avenue J shortly after 8:30 p.m. The man was wearing identical clothing as in the first robbery, Flores said. The cashier was able to call police without alerting Stanish, and officers arrived at the scene and held position in the parking lot.
According to police department reports, Stanish approached the counter under the pretense of making a purchase. As the cashier rang up the sale, Stanish allegedly said "I would like the money from the cash register, please," and patted his waistband.
The cashier was able to signal officers to come into the store, and Stanish immediately fled through a back door, Flores said.
A foot pursuit ensued, and Stanish was able to elude officers for a short time. About an hour after the pursuit began, however, Stanish was located hiding in a field near the 300 block of Ashburn St.
A loaded, black 9-mm handgun was found a short distance from where he was taken into custody.
Flores said investigators were later able to determine that Stanish's mother had reported the handgun as stolen.
Stanish was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, one count of evading arrest, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Flores said the Robstown Police Department has obtained a copy of a New Jersey police report of an incident in which Stanish was arrested for attempted murder and aggravated assault in October 2009. He allegedly used a 9-mm handgun in that incident, Flores said.
Stanish was transported to the Nueces County jail, where he was being held on $40,500 bond Tuesday.