A friend of a North side woman accused of committing a string of armed robberies said the suspect, Jessica Foster, 22, was desperate for cash to help her sick mother.
Detectives with the San Antonio Police Department’s Robbery Task Force Unit arrested Foster Wednesday afternoon on a single charge of aggravated robbery.
However, they said they have evidence tying her to three other recent robberies.
The charge filed so far stems from a robbery Tuesday at a Speedy Stop near Highway 281 and Nakoma Drive.
“She entered the store, fired one round opposite from where the clerk was standing, demanded money,” said Sgt. Daniel Alonzo, with SAPD.
Alonzo said although officers surrounded the neighborhood right after the robbery, Foster got away.
Later, he said, they were able to identify her from surveillance taken from other businesses nearby. He said Foster, herself, also helped to provide a big clue.
"We developed information that this female had been bragging about committing robberies," Alonzo said.
Detectives said they’ve obtained additional evidence that links Foster to three other recent robberies, including one at a Walgreens on San Pedro Avenue last month. They said they expect charges for those crimes to be filed against her soon.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, detectives had spent days watching Foster come and go from a home on Marlena Drive before they closed in and made the arrest.
Christine Rojas, who lives in that home, answered a knock on the door Thursday morning.
At first, she denied knowing Foster. Later, she admitted to knowing quite a bit about the alleged crime spree.
"I told her it wasn't a good idea that she would be doing that because I have little kids here,” Rojas said. “I told her that wasn't a good thing for her to be doing."
Rojas said Foster told her, though, that she desperately needed the cash to keep a roof over her own head and help her ailing mother.
“She had said at one time that she was trying to pay her rent because her mother has cancer, I think, and she needed to pay for the treatment,” Rojas said.
Now, Foster will have to come up with money to get herself out of jail. Her bond is set at $75,000.