Suspect in violent store robberies has lengthy criminal history
Rudy Ledezma, 26, subject of 2 prior Crime Stoppers reports
SAN ANTONIO – Rudy Ledezma, 26, who now faces charges in a July armed robbery spree that involved convenience stores located south and east of downtown, has been the subject of prior news reports.
Ledezma was featured on two Crime Stoppers reports that aired on KSAT 12 News earlier this year.
San Antonio police issued the appeals in April and July, hoping the public might help them track down Ledezma, who had an outstanding warrant for family violence.
They arrested him in August in connection with that warrant, as well as a charge of evading arrest.
Records show he has been in the Bexar County jail since that time.
Charges related to the robbery series were added on Wednesday.
An arrest warrant affidavit stated that Ledezma was one of three men who took part in the spree, robbing three convenience stores within less than an hour on July 9.
Investigators said two of the men went into the Piknik store in the 1100 block of S. Presa, fired a shot into the air and took money from a clerk.
"They didn't care for nobody. All they wanted was the money and I'm glad that my employees were not hurt," said PikNik owner Sam Hussein, after hearing of Ledezma's arrest.
Police said during the next 45 minutes or so on that same night, the group also robbed Poplar Food Mart in the 1400 block of E. Southcross, and A-Z Mart in the 4000 block of E. Southcross.
After the A-Z Mart robbery, the suspects fired a shot at a witness, as wells as officers who were chasing them, the affidavit stated.
Police later found their getaway car abandoned, and collected evidence including open beer bottles and clothing from inside, the affidavit stated.
It stated that detectives were able to obtain DNA evidence from the bottles, and it came back as a match for Ledezma.
In addition to the charges already against him, Ledezma now faces two counts of aggravated robbery.
While Hussein said he's relieved that Ledezma is behind bars, he wonders what the holiday season might hold.
That's the time of year when convenience store robberies usually increase.
"A lot still needs to be done by the police," Hussein said. "They should patrol the area at night to protect the neighborhood."
Copyright 2014 by KSAT - All rights reserved.