Police Chief Joe Treviño said Thursday that a 28-year-old man and a 14-year-old teenager, both from Corpus Christi, were identified and arrests were made in that city Wednesday.
Treviño said someone recognized the two, possibly from a video posted on the Bee-Picayune web site or from a photo run in the newspaper with the article describing the robbery.
The video showed the two barging into the game room, one holding what appeared to be a pump shotgun, and robbing several women who were in the Lucky Sevens Game Room at 1601 W. Corpus Christi St.
They also forced the clerk to hand over money from behind the counter. The victims were made to lie down on the floor during the robbery.
The incident occurred about four months after a similar robbery, at knifepoint, at the same location.
A suspect in that robbery has since been arrested.
Treviño identified the adult suspect as Raul “Cooney” Longoria. The name of the juvenile suspect was not released because of his age.
Both suspects are being charged with aggravated robbery. The charge is a first degree felony. If convicted, an adult defendant could be sentenced to from five to 99 years or life in prison and fined $10,000.
The chief said Texas Ranger James Bennett and Detective Michael Willow of the Beeville Police Department, went to Corpus Christi Wednesday to serve arrest warrants issued by Justice of the Peace Raul Casarez.
“The adult is expected to be brought back to Beeville on Friday while the juvenile will remain in the custody of juvenile authorities,” Treviño said.
The chief said the suspects had family in Beeville and they possibly were in town visiting when the robbery took place.
Treviño credited the break in the case to the Crime Stoppers tip and the follow-up by Bennett, Willow and the Robbery and Homicide Unit of the Corpus Christi Police Department.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.