One suspect arrested, another identified in Katy-area Walmart robbery

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on December 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 20 at 2:26 PM

KATY, Texas – One suspect is in custody and another identified after police released security video of two men wanted in connection with the robbery of a Walmart Supercenter late last month in the Katy area.

Deputies with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office released video of Dytedric Fortune, 19, of Houston and Torres Martindale, 21, who are accused of taking two flat screen televisions and assaulting a store employee on Nov. 30 at the Walmart Supercenter located at the 5600 block of State Highway 99.

The security video came from a pawn shop where the stolen TVs were pawned.

Deputies said that on Nov. 30, they responded to the robbery scene just after 10 a.m. Witnesses said that two suspects placed two flat-screen TV into a shopping cart and concealed them with a blanket and walked out of the store with merchandise, the FBCSO said in a press release.

The suspects loaded the TVs into the back of a black Chevrolet vehicle and began to drive away, witnesses said.

Before they left, a store associate tried to write down the license plate of the suspects’ vehicle, but the suspects drove up beside the associate and one of them assaulted the man, knocking him to the ground.

The two then fled the scene in their vehicle.

Investigators identified the suspect who attacked the associate as Fortune.

Katy Police Department officers notified Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office detectives that Fortune had been apprehended Wednesday morning on an unrelated offense and was in the Katy Police Department jail.


Detectives are looking for Martindale and warrants have been secured for his and Fortune’s arrests. Both face bonds of $25,000.

Investigators described Martindale as between 5-feet 9-inches to 6-feet tall, with a medium build and long braided hair. He was wearing an orange Texas Longhorn sweatshirt.

Robbery is a second degree felony offense, which carries a sentence range of 2 to 20 years with a fine up to $10,000.

Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

For those with information about the suspects, call Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477), text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637) or go online at www.fortbend-tx-crimestoppers.org.

 

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