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Fleeing robber caputured on the run

Matthew Hart
Galveston Police Dept.

GALVESTON, Tex - A 49-year old Galveston man was robbed at gunpoint Saturday evening by two gunmen, a white man and a black man, in the 1800 block of Mechanic.
The first officer on the scene broadcast an alert to other officers and within minutes officer Jason Villareal, who was also enroute to the scene, spotted a suspect in the 800 block of 21st Street near the courthouse.
Villareal said he first saw the white man running through the park in the front of the courthouse with something in his right hand. As he turned his patrol car around to pursue the man, he temporaily lost sight of him but found him again in the 900 block of 21st Street walking next to a bus.
"The subject was breathing heavy and appeared to be looking for a place to run," Villareal reported. The officer stopped the man, held him at gunpoint and handcuffed him.
The man was identified as Matthew Hart, 24. An object Hart had thrown under the bus turned out to be his rolled up T-shirt.
The robbery victim identified Hart as one of the gunmen who robbed him of forty dollars and his wallet.
It was later determined there were no firearms involved in the robbery. An official with the District Attorneys Office advised police to charge Hart with Robbery.
He was booked into the Galveston County Jail in lieu of a $40,000 bail bond.
The second robber is still at large.


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