Robbery suspect arrested
By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor
May 27, 2008 - An observant person and quick work on the part of patrol officers are being credited with the apprehension of a Sulphur Springs man less than 12 hours after he is alleged to have robbed a Church Street business with a knife. A witness, who saw the suspect flee at a rapid pace from the store, was able to give officers a description which lead to the suspect's discovery.
Todd William Randall, 44, remained in the county jail Tuesday morning on the first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge. Police investigators anticipate a parole warrant will be issued for Randall, who is out of prison on parole for a previous aggravated robbery charge. Parole officers had been contacted and were working to secure a warrant for violating his parole.
Randall is alleged to have entered Northline Grocery, located in the 1200 block of Church Street, at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. He approached the clerk at the counter, displayed a knife and demanded money. The cash drawer was opened, the robber grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store, leaving the clerk unharmed.
A witness took note of the vehicle leaving the parking lot at a high rate of speed and was able to give police a description. Local sheriff's deputies and highway patrol troopers also were alerted and began searching the area for the suspect.
Police continued investigating the incident, receiving information that pointed to Randall as the suspect. The vehicle was located at Spanish Villa apartments in the 700 block of West Industrial Drive where Randall reportedly lives. Police patrol officers and sheriff's deputies set up surveillance of the apartments while a search warrant was drafted.
Once the warrant was signed by a judge, the Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Special Response Team was called in due to the fact the alleged suspect was known to have a previous conviction for a violent crime, was a suspect in another violent crime and the fact that he was said to have a weapon, according to Sulphur Springs Police Investigator David Gilmore.
Officers noted no one entering the apartment or car. The tactical officers forcibly entered the apartment, but found no one inside. The vehicle was searched and "some evidence" found inside the car.
At about 3 a.m. Sunday, police patrol officers received information that Randall was at Spanish Trails apartments, located in the 1500 block of East Industrial Drive, where he was known by the officers to have frequented previously. Officers obtained permission to enter the residence, where they found Todd William Randall