Attempted robbery, search still on going

Around 10:00 a.m., Friday morning Atascosa County 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call from an 82 year old Pleasanton man reporting he had been robbed at gun point in his home just west of Pleasanton. Sheriff David Soward stated the residence is on a small ranch off of FM 3350. Sheriff’s deputies, Pleasanton Jourdanton Police, DPS, Border Patrol, County Constables and Texas Rangers all converged on the area.

The victim told sheriff’s officers that he had been outside doing some chores and had walked into his house. A few minutes later a lone masked man entered his home armed with a small handgun. The robber demanded the victim’s wallet and removed the cash from it. The suspect fired a shot into the wall during the robbery before fleeing on foot, disappearing into the brush in a southerly direction. Over 20 officers responded and a perimeter was established to try and contain the suspect. Officers attempted to obtain the services of a DPS helicopter to conduct a search from the air of the 2 square mile area but due to fog and misting rain, the choppers were grounded.

The 4 hour ground search for the male suspect was called off after officers were unable to locate him within the cordoned off area, according to the Sheriff. Sheriff Soward stated the victim was not physically injured during the ordeal but was obviously shaken by it.

The sheriff is asking that if anyone has information on this crime to call his criminal investigation division at 769-3434 extension 2223 or 2227 or call Crime Stoppers at 769-2255.

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