Police arrested Christian Trejo Monday afternoon in connection with the Dairy Burger robbery after an anonymous tip was made.
Trejo was picked up at his residence on the 400 block of East Fifth Street. He gave investigators a full confession claiming "desperate times" was the motive for the robbery.
Investigators searched for the 22-year-old suspect who walked into the business located on the 300 block of North Johnson Street at about 2 p.m. Sunday and handed a clerk a note that said "I got a gun give me all the money or you will die."
Trejo ran out of the business as he took off a layer of clothing and ran down the street in shorts and a shirt disguising himself as a jogger, according to investigators.
Despite a search of the area around the restaurant and the nearby neighborhood, the suspect wasn’t immediately found. Police did find evidence they used to track back to Trejo.
A gun was never seen, but investigators were able to recover a knife with his discarded clothing.
The arrest was a top priority for police and everyone department, from criminal investigation division and narcotic division to patrol worked together on the case. Investigators, businesses and the community working together helped solve the case in approximately 24 hours, investigators said.
Trejo was transported to the Jim Wells County jail. He was charged with aggravated robbery.
To ensure the safety of the citizens of Alice, police want to remind the public to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity. Calls can be made to the station at 361-664-0186 or to Crime Stoppers of South Texas at 361-664-STOP. Callers can remain anonymous and may receive a cash reward.