Texans rob grocery workers with beer bottle in Roswell

Caught minutes later



ROSWELL, Ga. – Four Texans were arrested Aug. 20 and accused of robbing three victims with a beer bottle at the Publix on Rucker Road.

Just after midnight, police say three grocery store employees – including a manager – were walking to their cars and chatting with each other. A red Chevy Suburban with Texas tags approached and began to drive around them in rings.

The truck stopped. The passenger got out and threatened the victims with a beer bottle, demanding their valuables.

“They took everything, money, wallets and purse and then took off,” said Roswell Police Spokeswoman Lisa Holland.

The victims quickly drove to the nearest business that was open – the Taco Mac restaurant on West Crossville Road and called police, telling officers about the vehicle.

“There happened to be officers in the area and they stopped the suspect vehicle,” Holland said.

Four men, Alexis Martinez, 18, Charlie Tavera, 20, Richard Tavera, 21, and Louis Alberto Laredo, 21, all from Austin, Texas, were identified as the attackers and arrested. All of the stolen items were found and returned to the victims.

The suspects were charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault. Martinez was also charged with DUI, giving a false name to officers and obstruction. Charlie Tavera was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of schedule II narcotics. Richard Tavera was also charged with possession of marijuana.

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