Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Arrest made in Verizon store robbery

Luis Gomez, photo courtesy of the Flower Mound Police Department

A suspect has been arrested after he allegedly fired a gun while robbing a Verizon store in Flower Mound last week.

Luis Gomez Jr., of Flower Mound, was arrested Saturday by Carrollton police on the warrant out of Flower Mound, according to a news release from the Flower Mound Police Department. Gomez was charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and is being held at Denton County Jail in lieu of $65,000 bail.

Gomez apparently didn’t go into the store with the intent of committing a robbery, but he became angry and he allegedly stole merchandise after firing a gun, according to a Flower Mound police spokesman. Gomez is a Verizon customer and was trying to return something he had previously purchased. While he was there, his face mask kept falling down and employees kept asking him to put it back up.

It was apparently the combination of being continually asked to put his mask back up and the store’s refusal to give him a refund that made Gomez irate while talking to the manager, and he pulled out a gun and fired one shot toward the front of the store, the police spokesman said. Other customers were fleeing the front of the store, and all the employees ran out the back, leaving the armed Gomez alone in the store. He took merchandise valued about $2,300 and fled in his car.

Police got a vehicle description from witnesses and received a lot of identifying information from Gomez’s Verizon account, and FMPD put out an arrest warrant for him. The next day, Carrollton police located his vehicle and arrested him on that warrant.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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