Athens Police and Texas Ranger Trace McDonald on Friday arrested a suspect in the Feb. 13 robbery of the One Stop convenience store in Gun Barrel City.

Jeffery W. Eans of Gun Barrel City was arrested in Athens Friday around 12:25 p.m. at the Andrews Center on South Palestine. Reports state Eans was arrested without incident and transported to the Henderson County Jail. He was arraigned on a charge of aggravated robbery, and a judge set bond at $25,000. Eans remained in jail Monday.

Eans is accused of robbing the One Stop, located at 101 E. Main, around 8:50 p.m. The crime was captured on the store’s video security system. According to police reports, the suspect showed the clerk a large knife and demanded all the money in the store. The clerk cooperated, handing over the money. The suspect then left the store.

Gun Barrel City released to media outlets in the Cedar Creek Lake area still photos taken from the security system, and those photos assisted them with identifying the suspect. The quality of the tape, which allowed police to get a clear photo of the suspect, was a great help in the investigation. In one of the photos, the suspect looks directly into the camera.

GBC Police Sgt. Jerry Moore said a family member of Eans positively identified him from the photos. A warrant was later issued for his arrest.

“We had a lot of people who thought they recognized the person in the video,” Moore said.

Moore said cooperation between GBCPD’s patrol and criminal investigation divisions, the Athens Police Department, Henderson County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Ranger, was key to making the arrest. He added that the investigation is ongoing, an effort that will include attempting to determine if the robber acted alone.


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