Late last week, the island experienced a small string of armed robberies, three within a 36 hour period on the east end of the island.
- Texaco “Huggy Bears” 902 Ave J – Wednesday, April 10th, 9:00 pm
- Family Dollar 2207 Ave J – Thursday, April 11th, 9:30 pm
- Exxon 202 Harborside – Friday, April 12th, 5:00 am
In all three robberies, the suspect wore a mask and brandished a chrome and black handgun before demanding cash from the clerk.
Seeing several similarities in “M.O.” and suspect descriptions, Officers and investigators with the department’s Special Operations Division immediately began working to identify the possible perpetrators in these robberies and to see if they were in fact linked. Utilizing surveillance video from the three locations as well as witness testimony and information obtained from community contacts, by Friday evening, officers had been able to positively identify two subjects and a possible get-away vehicle involved in the Exxon robbery.
Over the weekend, officers were able to locate the vehicle and subsequently the two suspects at an apartment inside the Carrolton Courtyard Apartment complex located in the 200 block of Market St. Tuesday morning, officers with the Special Operations Division and Detectives from the Narcotics Division and the Major Crimes Unit were able to obtain arrest warrants for 42-year-old Dion Ruffins, and 43-year-old Donald Zeigler for the offense of Aggravated Robbery with a Firearm, both with a $250,000 bond. Late Tuesday night, with the assistance of Galveston SWAT, both suspects were arrested in their apartment at the Carrolton Courtyard complex. While there, officers were able to obtain a search warrant for the apartment and subsequently discovered several items and articles of clothing that implicate one or both of these subjects in the armed robberies at “Huggy Bears” and the Family Dollar.
Officers and Detectives are continuing the investigation with assistance from the Galveston County District Attorney’s office, and more charges are expected in the near future.