DONALD CAMPBELL click for booking photo
GREGORY–A Corpus Christi man was caught late this afternoon in the brush near the gameroom he robbed when it opened up this morning in Gregory.
Authorities converged on the area and searched via helicopter, ATV’s, Coast Guard boat and with three agencies before finding 35-year-old Donald Campbell.
“We knew he was out there and we had the place surrounded,” said Chief Deputy Oscar Rivera of the San Patricio County Sheriff’s Department. “After several hours, the helicopter with an infrared camera above saw some movement, then one of the ATV’s unit seized an opportunity and arrested him around 5 pm.”
Authorities said Campbell entered the gameroom, acting like he had a gun, but it was never found, and robbed the place on the frontage road near Highway 35 in Gregory.
Campbell told authorities he robbed the gameroom because he has a sick girlfriend with cancer with an infant child and he wasn’t working. So he committed this crime in desperation to help the family with their situation.
Sheriff officers got the gameroom robbery call right away and set up a perimeter to make sure he didn’t get away. Sheriff officers got help from DPS, Coast Guard and the Gregory Fire Department.
“We looked all over the area and we knew he was in that thick brush, but couldn’t find him,” Rivera said. “The suspect told us we were near him the whole time. In fact, a fire truck nearly ran him over one of those times.”
Campbell was arrested on an aggravated robbery charge. Authorities also found out he had some warrants for traffic violations in San Patricio County.
Tonight, he is in the San Patricio County Jail and he will be arraigned on the gameroom robbery charge on Saturday morning.
–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, email@example.com
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