Local officer makes a traffic stop, snares a robbery suspect

Ronnie Jackson (right) and Byron Davis. (Jail photos)
By  | 

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A Temple police officer who pulled over a vehicle whose driver appeared to be intoxicated ended up arresting not only the man at the wheel, but also snaring a suspect in the armed robbery of a convenience store.

Ronnie Jackson, 24, was held Monday evening in the Bell County Jail, facing an aggravated robbery charge, police said.

His bond had not been set.

The robbery was reported at around 9:45 p.m. Sunday at Temple Food Mart at 1304 South 31st St.

The clerk told officers a man wearing a black half-mask, a red hooded sweatshirt and dark pants walked into the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

The man escaped with the cash.

A short time later, an officer who was in the area spotted a vehicle next to him at a red light at the intersection of South 34th Street and East Adams Avenue whose driver appeared to be intoxicated.

The passenger in the vehicle matched the description of the convenience store robber and during a search of the vehicle, a backpack was found that contained a red hooded sweatshirt.

Jackson was taken in to custody.

The driver was also arrested for DWI.

Byron D. Davis, 45, was also in the Bell County Jail Monday evening.

His bond was set at $2,500.