Robber Posing As Employer is Arrested
April 14, 2005 -- Houston police
robbery investigators have arrested a suspect wanted in as many
as six robberies, including those committed against two callers
to a Houston radio station.
The suspect, Raul Cornejo Chavez (H/m, DOB 7-4-62),
is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly
weapon in the 262nd State District Court. He is accused in the
robberies of two persons who had called area radio station 98.5
FM "La Raza" and solicited work live on the radio.
HPD Robbery Division Officer A. Mejia reported:
Two male victims had called 98.5 FM Radio and
told listeners they would work for money. The victims gave the
listening audience their names and phone numbers. The radio show
runs weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. The suspect listened to the
two callers, arranged to meet them and said he would pay them
$12 per hour. In each case, Chavez used a cell phone to contact
the victims. The victims said the suspect drove a Ford Windstar
van and drove each man separately to an apartment complex on the
southeast side of the city. Once at the complex, the suspect produced
either a gun or knife and demanded the victim's money. The victims
complied and the suspect drove away.
Chavez was developed as a suspect through his
use of the cell phone. Investigators in the Robbery Division Latino
Squad assisted in canvassing an area where the suspect's van was
located. Chavez was then arrested without incident. The cell phone
used by the suspect was recovered. While being questioned, Chavez
confessed to both robberies and four other incidents.
Based on information provided by the radio station,
investigators believe there are many other unreported incidents
and victims who have not yet come forward. Anyone who believes
Chavez victimized him or her is urged to contact the HPD Robbery
Division at 713-308-0700.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.