A 22-year-old Abilene man has been arrested for an aggravated robbery that occurred Monday in the parking lot – near Best Buy – at the Mall of Abilene.
According to Abilene police, Mikole Joseph Ortega has been charged with the robbery of a couple. His bond was set at $30,000.
Police say Ortega was “contacted by patrol officers on Tuesday evening in reference to a Public Intoxication call. He matched the description of the man who possibly committed the aggravated robbery at the Mall of Abilene parking lot a day earlier.”
The Abilene Police Department is asking for help in locating a suspect in an aggravated robbery that occurred about 8:30 p.m. Monday in the Mall of Abilene parking lot.
According to police, a man and his wife walked out of the Mall of Abilene to their parked vehicle. A Hispanic male approached their car. The male victim told police he was threatened by the suspect with a weapon, possibly resembling a box cutter, as he was about to get into the vehicle.
The male victim gave the suspect a small amount of cash. The suspect fled in a red-colored truck.
Minutes later, the suspect was caught on surveillance video entering a mall store.
He's described as a heavy set Hispanic male, possibly in his early 20s with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, black and grey sneakers with red laces, and dark-colored cargo shorts. His vehicle may be a late model red Chevy truck.
Police ask anyone with information on the suspect or the aggravated robbery to call police at (325) 676-6610 or Abilene Crime Stoppers at (325) 676-TIPS.