Texarkana Family Store Owner Stops Robbery by Holding Burglar at Gunpoint

by Victoria Santiago
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A burglar in Texarkana, Texas is behind bars after attempting to rob a family-owned convenience store. Marvin Hernandez was held at gunpoint by the store owners late on Christmas Eve. According to police, he busted a window in the store. Once he was inside, he slammed the cash register on the floor with the intention of getting all of the money out of it. However, when he did this he woke up the owner of the convenience store.

The owner and his wife live in an apartment in the back of the store. The owner quickly entered the store with his gun, while his wife called 911. Hernandez wasn’t phased at first and continued to grab money from around the store. The owner fired a warning shot into the ceiling and told Hernandez to not move. Police came, and Hernandez was promptly booked into the Bi-State jail. He gave them several different names and birthdays, but eventually, police were able to figure out his identity. He was booked for burglary and failure to identify.

Texarkana has seen an influx of robberies this year. Police are urging everyone to be “extra vigilant” and aware of their surroundings. In late October of 2021, there were three back-to-back convenience store robberies. Police stated that if anyone noticed anything weird, to please call them. They would rather have a call that ends up being nothing instead of a call because someone has been robbed, hurt, or killed.

For the string of robberies that happened in October, police believe that it was one man behind them. They were not able to gather enough information from witnesses to compile an accurate description of the man. He wore a hoodie and mask for every robbery.

Would-Be Robber Held At Gunpoint in Virginia

Earlier this year, Fox News reported that a robber in Virginia was held at gunpoint until police arrived. Jonah Smith, 47, broke into the home of a Fairfax, V.A. resident early on Sunday, December 12th. Smith entered the home through a door that hadn’t been locked. Although he had a knife on him, he didn’t use force to gain entry. Once he entered the home he refused to leave.

Once inside, he lunged at the owner of the house with his knife. The owner pulled out a gun and fired a warning shot into the living room floor. He was then held at gunpoint until police arrived to arrest him. Thankfully, he didn’t cause a scene when police arrived. Thankfully, no one was hurt during the altercation. Smith was charged with burglary with a weapon and attempted malicious wounding. He was held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond. Police did not release information on any prior criminal record that Smith might have.

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