Athens police arrested a 21-year-old man Wednesday for armed holdups at two East Tyler Street businesses.

Salomon L. Vasquez was booked into the Henderson County Jail on two counts of aggravated robbery. He remained in custody Thursday, with bond set at $37,500 on each of the offenses.

Athens Police Department Assistant Chief of Police Rodney Williams, III reported that Vasquez was arrested at about 12:50 p.m. in the 200 block of Flat Creek Road and transported without incident to the Henderson County Justice Center.

APD reports said the first robbery occurred before dawn on Jan. 8, when a man entered the Donut Supreme in the 1400 block of East Tyler Street, and showed a handgun to the clerk.

He demanded the money in the register, then fled with the cash.

On Jan. 10, at about 1:52 a.m., the Shell service station in the 1100 block of East Tyler Street was robbed by a man who also used a hand gun. This time the bandit made off with money from the cash register, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

The cases were given to the Criminal Investigation Division, and assigned to Det. Adam Parkins.

Parkins secured a search warrant, and went to Vasquez’ apartment, where he found additional evidence linking him to the robberies.

Parkins then obtained warrants from Precinct 6 Justice of the Peace Milton Adams for Vasquez’ arrest for two counts of aggravated robbery.

Parkins was assisted in executing the search warrant by Detective Corp. James Bonnette, Det. William Carlow, Det. Michael Reynolds and Henderson County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Baldemar Quintanilla. The APD will forward the cases to the DA’s office for prosecution, Williams said.

On Jan. 14, an attempted holdup was reported at the Taco Bus on West Corsicana Street. The actor was able to elude capture by APD, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, and scent dogs from the Texas Department of Corrections. That incident is still being investigated, Williams said.

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