What began as a possible abduction with the victim escaping her captor ended with police searching for a man who stole several items and then brandishing a gun as store clerks attempted to stop him.
Tyler Police Department spokesman Don Martin said the incident began shortly before 1 p.m. Monday at the Family Dollar Store at 3505 Frankston Highway.
Martin said a female told police she had been taken from her residence in the county by the man but later recanted her story, and detectives determined she was not taken against her will.
Martin said what police did learn was the man stole several items from the store, then left.
“The male suspect had entered the store and gathered several items and ran out of the store without paying for them,” Martin said. “The suspect removed a weapon from the rear of his vehicle and placed it in the front with him while an employee was attempting to stop him. The employee halted the attempt to prevent the theft when a weapon was produced by the suspect.”
Police searched multiple locations for the man with the help of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety, but by 4 p.m. Monday, they had not found him.
Martin said detectives have obtained the identification of a suspect and will be seeking an arrest warrant for aggravated robbery.