Aggravated robbery suspect arrested

By Julia Vergara | Staff Writer

Waco police on Sunday arrested a suspect in the robbery of the 7-Eleven near campus. Mack Johnson, 53, was booked into McLennan County Jail and charged with aggravated robbery, evading on foot and criminal mischief.

At around 2:50 a.m. Sunday, a man entered the 7-Eleven located at 701 S. University Parks Drive wearing a mask and acting as if he had a gun, Sgt. Patrick Swanton of Waco Police Department said.

Swanton said the man went behind the register and demanded money from the clerk, then took two packs of cigarettes. Baylor Police officers entered the store while the robbery was taking place, which caused the man to retreat out the back door.

Waco policeofficers spotted the suspect in the parking lot of Premier ER, Swanton said. The suspect ran and jumped a fence into the Abbey Glen Apartment complex where officers were able to arrest him after a short foot chase.

The two clerks inside 7-Eleven during the robbery were not harmed during the incident, Swanton said.

Johnson is being held in lieu of $52,500 bail, according to McLennan County Jail.

Aggravated robbery is a felony of the first degree and carries a punishment of five to 99 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

This robbery takes place less than three weeks after another robbery that occurred at the exact same location.

Similarly, the robber approached the counter and demanded that the clerk give him cash from the register, then ordered the clerk to give him a pack of cigarettes. He kept grabbing at his waist as if he had one, but did not display one. It is not known whether the robbery was related to two others that happened in the same week at the 7-Eleven at 701 S. University Parks Dr. and the Dollar General at 205 East Waco Dr.

Swanton said it has not been confirmed that Johnson was involved in the previous aggravated robberies.

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