Galveston police arrest serial robbery suspect

March 9, 2012 3:51:04 PM PST
Galveston police have arrested a man they believe is a serial robber who's been robbing store clerks at gunpoint around the island.

On Thursday the Galveston Police Department arrested Guillermo Olmos Munoz, Jr., for aggravated robbery and evading arrest in a Vehicle. Munoz is suspected of a total of six aggravated robberies in the city of Galveston.

The robberies began in December 2011 when Huggy Bears, a convenience store located at 902 Broadway, was robbed at gunpoint by a Hispanic male. Since then three additional robberies in the island's east end were committed by a suspect matching the same description and using the same weapon.

On Thursday, the Ocean Food Store, located at 611 6th Street, was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect, a Hispanic male, displayed a weapon and demanded cash. The description matched that of the serial robber wanted in connection to multiple incidents in Galveston. Detectives immediately closed the store and called in crime scene investigators. CSI completed a forensic analysis of evidence at the scene and identified Munoz as a suspect.

The Galveston Police Department constructed a plan to apprehend Munoz, contacted the Galveston County District Attorney's Office to secure a warrant, and conducted a raid on his suspected location.

At approximately 7pm Thursday, police say Huggy Bears was again robbed at gunpoint and the suspect was believed to be Munoz.

Within about an hour, officers located the suspect's vehicle. Several patrol units converged, a vehicle pursuit ensued and continued for the next several minutes, taking the officers off the island and then back on again. Police say spike strips were deployed, but Munoz continued on a flat tire for miles before ultimately pulling over and surrendering.

Munoz is currently being held in the Galveston County Jail under a total of $330,000 in bonds with more charges expected.