SAN ANTONIO –A man who monitored customers as they left a West Side bank and credit union was arrested in two robberies at these locations, San Antonio police said.
Joseph Rodriguez, 30, was recently charged with robbery and aggravated theft, according to the Bexar County Jail Show.
Police said the first incident happened on September 21 at a Chase bank in the 7500 block of the NW 410 loop, near West Military Drive. A man had just deposited and withdrawn money from the bank when he was approached by the suspect.
The suspect, who had a handgun, asked for the victim’s envelope with money, police said. The victim, fearing for his life, complied and handed the envelope to the man, and the suspect fled in his vehicle.
In the second incident on October 6, a customer was robbed after leaving the Federal Credit Union Security Department in the 7300 block of US Highway 90 W., less than four miles from the scene of the theft. September 21.
The victim said she had just made a transaction inside the bank and got into her car to leave when a vehicle pulled up behind her, blocking him inside. The suspect then exited the vehicle, approached the victim, pointed a handgun at his head and demanded money, police said.
The customer complied and handed over the money, and the thief drove off in a gray Dodge Durango with black rims.
Robbery detectives monitored several banks in the area on Friday due to the two thefts.
An arrest warrant affidavit says detectives spotted a car matching the description of the suspicious vehicle outside of Chase Bank where the first incident occurred. For several hours, this vehicle parked and moved to other areas of the parking lot near the bank.
“Every time he parked his vehicle, he was placed in a position that allowed him to watch people leaving the bank,” the affidavit states. “This unusual behavior is what caught the attention of detectives.”
The vehicle then left and returned to security where the second robbery took place.
Officers were able to identify the man as Rodriguez after he left the bank and parked outside his home, the affidavit states. The two victims were also able to identify the suspect, police said.
After Rodriguez’s arrest, police said he recognized the two flights and gave specific details unknown to the public.
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