MIDLOTHIAN – A suspect that left two people injured after a violent robbery that resulted in one man being struck on the head by a pistol has finally been charged by Midlothian Police. Lancaster resident Alejandro Franco, 19, faces a charge of aggravated robbery after the Dec. 15 incident and was booked into the Wayne McCollum Detention Center on Jan. 26.
“The victim was afraid of retaliation [because he] knew Franco,” Midlothian Police Department Capt. John Spann said. “Mr. Franco and three other Hispanic males showed up at the victim’s house. The victim went out into the car with them. There was some discussion at that time and at that time they pulled guns on him and took his cell phone and wallet that was on his person.”
Spann said that the victim told police he thought Franco was coming over to the residence to pick him up by himself. However, the victim said he did not expect the other three to be in the vehicle or for the driver to have an AR-15 type weapon. He also noted the other people in the car pistols.
“When they went back into the house the victim’s father kind of at first through it was some type of a joke. The other suspects had on hoodies and had their faces covered up. He (Franco) told them to get on the ground,” Spann said. “He (the father) didn’t think that they were serious and then one of them hit him in the head with a pistol. It cut his head open and made him lay on the ground.”
Spann said the items that were reported as stolen from the victim included $6 in cash and a Samsung Galaxy Phone. After the suspects had left the residence, the victim and his father called the police.
Spann said medical personnel checked out the victim after he had reported that he was hit on the side of the head but couldn’t find any type of injury. The father sustained a cut to his head, but refused medical treatment.
Franco was later arrested and booked into the Dallas County Jail on another law enforcement agency’s warrant for aggravated robbery. A Midlothian Police Department Investigator interviewed Franco in Jail on Dec. 19.
Spann said Franco was not cooperative during the questioning and would not identify the other individuals involved. Franco was transferred to the Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Waxahachie and booked into the jail at 11:07 p.m. on Jan. 26. As of 11 a.m. on Wednesday Franco remains in custody at the detention center with a bond totaling $100,000.
People with information about the three remaining suspect are advised to contact the Midlothian Police Department. The only description of the suspects is that they are three Hispanic males. The vehicle used in the offense is described as a Red Lincoln passenger car. The staff at the Midlothian Police Department can be reached at 972-775-3333. It is located at 1150 N. Highway 67 in Midlothian. Anyone with information can also contact the Ellis County Crime Stoppers organization at 972-937-PAYS.
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