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Police Make Arrest In Carjacking Outside Local Store

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
Richard Melendez (Jail photo)

Richard Melendez (Jail photo)

WACO (December 13, 2013) A Waco man was held Friday in the McLennan County Jail after his arrest in connection with a armed carjacking in June outside of a local convenience store.

Richard Melendez, 28, was ordered held in lieu of bonds totaling $93,000 charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, forgery, burglary of a building and possession of a controlled substance.

Melendez also faces an aggravated robbery on which bond had not yet been set and was held without bond on a parole violation, online jail records showed.

Melendez was arrested Thursday on a warrant stemming from the carjacking on June 24 robbery outside a convenience store on South 18th Street, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Swanton said a man drove into the parking lot and went inside the store while a passenger remained in his 1995 Chevrolet Camaro.

When the victim returned to his car he was approached by a man who pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim turn over some jewelry he was wearing and give up his car.

The carjacker drove off, leaving the victim and his passenger behind, but unhurt, Swanton said.

While detectives were at the scene of the robbery, one of them noticed another vehicle that he believed belonged to the robber and after some investigation was able to identify a suspect.

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