Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Subway Face Paint Robbers

The Facts

The car was stopped after a brief chase. Police said Ms. Smith, the driver, surrendered. Ms. Gibson, they said, took off running but was shortly apprehended.

"I was so baffled by how quickly she left the store," a witness said.

Police said they were investigating to find out if the circumstances of the latest robberies match those in any other Subway thefts.

Zaqueshala Gibson, 25, and Sally Rena Smith, 39, were identified by the police.

Police said that Tuesday night, a woman matching Ms. Gibson's description went into a Subway in the 2800 block of South Hulen Road to use the restroom. After she left the restroom, she approached the counter, pulled a handgun from her waistband, and demanded that a clerk open the register. After unsuccessful attempts by the clerk to open the register, the woman ran out of the store and got into a white Cadillac, which had another woman in the driver's seat.

"I was just so nervous and couldn't get my cash register open," Brian Beanwell said. "I mean, it's still my first day on the job. What are the odds that I would get robbed on the very first day?"

Police in Fort Worth believe they may have caught the so-called “face-paint” robbers after two attempted robberies at different Subway sandwich shops.

Two officers who heard about the attempted robbery on their police radio went to a nearby Subway in the 5000 block of Trail Lake Drive, thinking the robbers might strike there, as well. As they pulled into the parking lot in their unmarked car, they saw a woman running out the front door of the Subway. She got into a white Cadillac as it sped off into the night.

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