HPD: Man robs grocery store cashier at gunpoint, leaves with chocolate cake

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by Nikki Metzgar / KHOU.com

khou.com

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Updated Friday, May 18 at 12:42 PM

HOUSTON--A man attempting to rob a Randall’s grocery store at gunpoint late Monday night ended up leaving with two chocolate Angel food cakes, according to police.

Patrick Wetzel, 44, has been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

The suspect allegedly approached a check-out line at the Randall’s at 525 South Fry Rd. with a cart full of groceries.  He pulled a gun from his jacket and demanded the cashier open the register, according to police.

The cashier was not able to open the register so, police say, Wetzel left with his groceries without paying the $74.78 he owed.

Police identified the suspect as Wetzel by his red baseball cap and truck, which they matched to him when they found Wetzel at Christus St. Catherine’s Hospital. He allegedly admitted to an officer that he had taken Hydrocodone and Ativan earlier that day and did not remember anything after.

Police visited Wetzel’s mother’s apartment on May 15 and found two chocolate Angel food cakes on the breakfast table.

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