Police: Suspect in Starbucks robberies arrested in East Side field
A man who allegedly robbed two Starbucks coffee shops over the weekend was arrested Wednesday after a short chase on the East Side, police said.
Sean Carlton Lacey, 28, is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and one of evading arrest.
San Antonio Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Rodriguez said officers found him Wednesday morning outside of a hotel on Interstate 35 and Goldfield.
He jumped inside of his vehicle when police approached him and led them on a short chase out to Interstate 10 and North Foster. Officers caught up to him there in an open field, Rodriguez said .
The first Starbucks was robbed on Friday at Loop 1604 and Vance Jackson, Rodriguez said. The second Starbucks was hit on Sunday at Loop 410 and Vance Jackson, she said.
In both robberies, Lacey used a gun to scare the baristas into giving him money and their cell phones, police said.
“We’re not sure if he kept (the phones) as a ploy for them not to ask for help,” Rodriguez said.
Lacey was acting alone in both robberies, investigators said.
Rodriguez could not say whether investigators recovered the gun used, or how much money was stolen.
“We did have substantial evidence to prove that he was behind both of these robberies,” she said.
Lacey, who denied knowledge of the robberies, called out to his family as officers took him to a police vehicle Wednesday night in the parking lot of the police substation at 555 Academic Court.
“I love ya’ll. Kiss my kids, man.” he said.
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