Deputy Capt. Dan Caddell said Monday that Daniel E. DeLeon is the second of two suspects believed to have been involved in a Nov. 8 armed robbery of Papa’s Market in Skidmore.
Caddell said DeLeon was taken into custody by Luling Police Department officers in that city on Nov. 13. He was staying with family members there at the time of his arrest.
Thomas Anthony Gallegos, 24, was arrested in Sinton the night of the robbery by San Patricio County deputies after they spotted a dark-colored SUV that matched the description of the vehicle in which the suspects fled from Skidmore at the time of the robbery.
Both men fled to a residence in Sinton and attempted to escape from the deputies on foot. Gallegos was captured but DeLeon managed to escape.
DeLeon was taken into custody on an arrest warrant issued by Justice of the Peace David Garza. Bonds on both suspects were set at $100,000 on each charge.
Gallegos still is in custody at the San Patricio County Jail where he faces other charges.
Caddell said the two men also are suspected of having been involved in the robbery of another convenience store in Aransas Pass earlier in the evening of the Skidmore robbery.
Victims in the Skidmore incident said the two men entered the store armed with a pistol and a knife and the gunman fired a shot during the robbery.
Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony. If the men are convicted of the offense, they could be sentenced to from five to 99 years or life in prison and a fine of as much as $10,000.
Evading arrest is a state jail felony punishable by a term of from six months to two years in a state jail facility and a fine of as much as $10,000.