Freer Police Arrest Man Suspected of Robbing Stores with BB Gun - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Freer Police Arrest Man Suspected of Robbing Stores with a BB Gun

Posted: Updated:
FREER (Kiii News) -

The small town of Freer in Duval County was victimized by a couple of aggravated robberies over the weekend, and it turns out the suspect was using a BB gun.

The robberies happened to a couple of gas station convenience stores around the same time late Friday and Saturday night. Police said 22 year-old Felix Amador Villarreal committed the aggravated robberies while holding a BB gun for intimidation. The clerks of the stores thought it was a real gun.

Now, Villarreal is accused of taking $400 from the Conoco Pump-N-Shop store and $50 from the Valero corner store in Freer.

Police were able to recover roughly $274 of those dollars. They also found the sweatshirt and ball cap Villarreal allegedly wore during one of the robberies.

The robberies, which happened around midnight on Friday and Saturday, had the community on edge, but now they can breath a sigh of relief.

"When the first robbery happened, news got around pretty quick. It is a small town, so news does travel rather quickly. A lot of local residents, especially the convenience store clerks, were kind of concerned and worried about what was happening," said Detective Henry Guerra of the Freer Police Department. "we were getting calls throughout the weekend, wondering if the suspect was still at large or if he had been apprehended yet."

Police arrested Villarreal around 3 p.m. Sunday. He faces two counts of aggravated robbery with bond set at $200,000 on each count. Police said Villarreal is from Laredo but he has been living in Freer for about a year.

  • Massive House Fire Caught on Video

    Massive House Fire Caught on Video

    An elderly woman manages to escape with her life following a massive house fire. It happened late Saturday night around 9 O'clock at a home on Island Drive in Lake City near Mathis. The woman has nothing left, but is safe thanks to a few alert neighbors. It was all caught on video. The fire lit the night sky near Lake Corpus Christi as it burned a two story home. Ray Krebs lives across the street and saw the flames and ran over to help a woman who was renting a back house on the property.Kre...More >>
    An elderly woman manages to escape with her life following a massive house fire. It happened late Saturday night around 9 O'clock at a home on Island Drive in Lake City near Mathis. The woman has nothing left, but is safe thanks to a few alert neighbors. It was all caught on video. The fire lit the night sky near Lake Corpus Christi as it burned a two story home. Ray Krebs lives across the street and saw the flames and ran over to help a woman who was renting a back house on the property.Kre...More >>
  • Barber Battle

    Barber Battle

    It's being called one of the biggest events of its kind. The 2nd annual Texas Barber Battle and Expo was held Sunday, bringing in people from all over the country to Corpus Christi...The event brought in people from just about everywhere. One person was even a guest barber from Alaska! The event, is said to have brought in over 1000 people! The barbers battled in 4 different styles, fastest fade, traditional, freestyle, and duplicate. Duplicate means they were given a sketch and had to remak...More >>
    It's being called one of the biggest events of its kind. The 2nd annual Texas Barber Battle and Expo was held Sunday, bringing in people from all over the country to Corpus Christi...The event brought in people from just about everywhere. One person was even a guest barber from Alaska! The event, is said to have brought in over 1000 people! The barbers battled in 4 different styles, fastest fade, traditional, freestyle, and duplicate. Duplicate means they were given a sketch and had to remak...More >>
  • 51 Year Old Man is Dead, 2 Others Rescued After a Boat Sinks in Copano Bay

    51 Year Old Man is Dead, 2 Others Rescued After a Boat Sinks in Copano Bay

    According to the US Coast Guard, a 51-year-old man is dead and two others are safe, a 14-year-old girl and 52-year-old man, after their boat sank Sunday morning in Copano Bay, just north of Rockport, Texas. The Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi Command Center received a distress call from a 24-foot center console boat taking on water at approximately 9:30 a.m. The three people donned life jackets and abandoned the boat, which sank shortly after the distress call was made. A Station Port Aran...More >>
    According to the US Coast Guard, a 51-year-old man is dead and two others are safe, a 14-year-old girl and 52-year-old man, after their boat sank Sunday morning in Copano Bay, just north of Rockport, Texas. The Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi Command Center received a distress call from a 24-foot center console boat taking on water at approximately 9:30 a.m. The three people donned life jackets and abandoned the boat, which sank shortly after the distress call was made. A Station Port Aran...More >>