Killeen: Arrest made in smoke shop robbery, high-speed chase

Seth Aaron Kaplan. (Jail photo)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Police have made an arrest after a man robbed a local smoke shop, threatening to kill the employees if they didn’t give him money, and then led an officer on a chase that reached speeds of 102 miles per hour.

Seth Aaron Kaplan was charged in connection with the robbery, which was reported shortly after 4 p.m. Monday at the business in the 4200 block of East Stan Schlueter Loop.

He remains in the Bell County Jail charged with robbery, evading arrest and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

His bonds total $200,000.

Two women were in the store when Kaplan entered, according to an arrest affidavit released Thursday.

He walked in and said, “I’m robbing you,” and demanded money, the affidavit says.

Kaplan shoved one of the women into a corner and struggled with the other before dragging both by their hair to the rear of the store, while threatening to kill them, the affidavit said.

One of the women was able to call police and the other struck him with a bottle, the affidavit says.

He fled in a silver Dodge Ram pickup truck, which a patrol officer spotted about an hour after the robbery was reported turning onto Stan Schlueter from Shawn Drive.

When the officer tried to pull the driver over, the man sped off, reaching speeds on Elms Road of 102 miles per hour, the affidavit said.

Kaplan veered off the road, drove through a field and then reached a speed of 94 miles per hour near the intersection of South W.S. Young Boulevard and Little Nolan Road, the affidavit said.

He then turned into a parking lot of the Cielo Vista shopping center and drove down a parking aisle in which there were several pedestrians, the affidavit said.

Kaplan pulled out of the parking lot onto U.S. Highway 190/Interstate 14 and headed east, the affidavit said.

In Nolanville he stopped on South Main Street, got out of the truck and identified himself as Seth Aaron Kaplan, the affidavit said.

Kaplan told an investigator that he entered the smoke shop, “jumped the counter” and pushed the woman to the rear of the store before fleeing, the affidavit said.