Man arrested after multiple robberies


aturday night at approximately 11:23 p.m. Amarillo Police Department officers responded to an armed robbery at Toot'N Totum in the 6800 block of Wolflin. Later that evening, at 12:43 p.m. APD officers responded to a second Toot'N Totum armed robbery in the 4500 block of south Soncy.

According to police, a man entered the Wolflin store wearing a black hat, a black T-shirt and blue jeans with a bandana tied around his neck. The man demanded money from an employee on duty. The man kept his hand near his waist as if he had a weapon, but a weapon was never displayed. An employee gave the man the money from the register and was instructed to wait 20 minutes before calling police and the man left the store. The suspect in this robbery was last seen walking north on Port Lane.

In the second robbery, a man wearing similar clothing to the suspect involved in the first robbery entered the Soncy store and demanded money from the register. The man kept one hand out of sight as if he had a weapon but no weapon was seen. An employee gave the suspect the money from the register. Again the suspect told the employees to wait 20 minutes before calling police.

A witness at the second robbery told police that a dark colored Chevrolet pickup had pulled into the alley behind the store before the robbery. Officers in the area found a dark colored GMC pickup near 45th and Coulter. The vehicle stopped in a parking lot in the 4600 block of south Coulter and was about to enter a store when he was taken into custody.

24-year-old Jerel Abraham Perez matched the description of the suspect involved in the robberies and was arrested. Officers found a handgun in the vehicle of the truck. Perez was booked into Randall County Jail for robbery. Perez is currently charged with one count of robbery as investigation continues into the other robbery.