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Alice Echo News-Journal
  • Reward offered in armed robbery case

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  • Crime Stoppers of South Texas and the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Johnathan Brandon Cerda, 18, who is a suspect in an armed robbery that happened in October 2009.
    “We are still looking for him, he is at-large,” said Sgt. Johnny Perez with the sheriff’s department. “The U.S. Marshals are also searching for him and haven’t been able to find him.”
    On Oct. 28, 2009, Cerda and two other suspects, 22-year-old Christopher Parra and Toby Lee Perez, 23, are accused of robbing the Green Acres Economy store about 10 p.m. on South Highway 281.
    Parra and Perez cooperated with the deputies and turned themselves in to authorities in November 2009. Perez allegedly drove the getaway truck during the heist at the Economy which netted the three robbers more than $1,000.
    Parra and Perez have since posted bond of $50,000 and $40,000 respectively, and have been released from county jail.
    Officials said Cerda also has an additional charge of deadly conduct for allegedly pointing the gun during the robbery at a woman sitting in her car in the parking lot of the store.
    Parra and Cerda allegedly entered the store and robbed the clerk at gunpoint, officials said. Deputies at the scene located a .22 caliber casing. Officials have not recovered the pistols used in the robbery. Another small chrome pistol was used by Parra, official said.
    All three suspects are facing aggravated robbery charges.
    Cerda is at-large and Crime Stoppers needs the public’s help to locate him. Cerda is described as being about 6-feet 2-inches tall, weighing 170 to 180 pounds. He has two distinct cross tattoos, one on each side of his neck.
    Anyone with information about Cerda’s whereabouts can contact Crime Stoppers of South Texas, Inc. hotline at 664-STOP or log in at www.stxtips.com and fill out tip information via the Internet. Tipsters may be eligible for cash rewards up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and or indictment of the suspect or suspects. All calls remain anonymous.
    “We got the other two guys, but this guy eluded us,” Perez said. “He is considered armed and dangerous.”

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