PEARLAND -- Two Houston men were arrested on charges in connection with an armed robbery of an east Pearland fast-food restaurant.

Police said the robbery occurred shortly before the restaurant closed around 9:45 p.m. on Thursday. Witnesses told investigators two men wearing masks and hoods rushed into the Wendy s located at 1722 N. Main. Armed with a semi-automatic pistol, the men allegedly told the clerks to hand over the cash in the register and the safe.

The suspects fled the scene in a silver vehicle.

Pearland police received a 911 call and multiple patrol cars responded within minutes. Officers conducted an extensive search of the area but did not find the getaway car.

According to police reports, a few hours later a concerned citizen in Richmond called to report two suspicious looking men outside a fast food restaurant in Richmond.

Deputies from the Fort Bend County Sheriff Department were called to the Jack in the Box restaurant located at 8102 FM 1464 Road where two suspects driving a silver vehicle were detained for questioning. The two suspects matched the description of the Pearland robbers. A later search of the vehicle uncovered two semi-automatic pistols. A large amount of cash and receipts from the Pearland restaurant were also found in the car, according to police.

Police identified the suspects as Houston residents Rennie Rayburn Battist Jr., 23, and Cordarrell Carroll, 27.

The suspects were taken into custody by Pearland police and charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Both are being held at the Brazoria County Jail on $150,000 bonds.

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