Four men held up the local business.

Suspects got away with approximately $1,000 after holding Sutherland's employees at gunpoint on Wednesday, according to Alice Police Lt. Jason Childers.

19-year-old Andres Garza was arrested by Alice police in connection with the aggravated robbery.

Shortly after 5 p.m., three men walked into the business located on 1250 East Houston Street wearing black ski masks and robbed the place, according to Officer Isaac Salinas' police report.

According to officials, multiple panic alarms from Sutherland's went off alerting law enforcement authorities.  Salinas made contact with two store employees who exited the south side emergency exit waving their hands.

"People inside the store got startled and took off running," said Alice POlice Chief Rex Ramon. "While watching the surveillance video I could see one person run out the store with a baby in their arms."

Officer Juan Reyes arrived on the scene and made contact with a female employee who stated the men demanded her to open the safe. 

Police officials stated the gunman was between the register and the service center pointing the gun in several directions. In the surveillance video officers could see the employee transfer money from the register into the suspect's bag. 

The two employees stated the three men wore black hooded sweatshirts and one of them had a pistol in his hands, Salinas report stated.

Shortly after collecting the register's money the men ran out the business.

According to Childers, the suspects left the scene in a tan Nissan Altima. Police believe the fourth suspect was the get-away vehicle.

Shortly after the robbery occurred, a small vehicle believed to be the suspects get-away vehicle was set on fire in the area of South Stadium and San Jose Street. 

Alice Fire Department was called to the area to extinguish the burning vehicle.

The Jim Wells County Fair Association and the residents of Alice were putting on a JWC Fair parade through downtown Alice while the robbery occurred.

"I believe they planned the robbery to go down during the parade," Ramon said. "It wasn't a very thought out plan."

Through the course of the investigation, investigators were lead to Garza who was recognized by an employee during the robbery and told police. Through the investigation process Garza was notified wanted for questioning. He arrived at the police station where he was arrested.

"We will catch the guys," Ramon stated. "We are thankful that no one was hurt, but know that things could have been worse."

Garza was transported to the Jim Wells County jail with bond set at $200,000. He is charged with aggravated robbery.

The robbery and the vehicle fire are still under investigation and three individuals are still at-large.