Deputy constable stops robbery at Balcones Heights bus stop

Man in custody, gun recovered, investigators say


SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County deputy constable who was looking for traffic violators stumbled upon a different kind of trouble  Thursday morning in Balcones Heights.

"He came across an individual, and it appeared as if an individual was attempting to do an aggravated robbery," said Precinct 2 Constable Michelle Vela. "He was able to go ahead and stop that process and start the investigation."

Vela said the deputy saw a man holding a gun on someone around 9:30 a.m. at a bus stop in the 4200 block of Fredericksburg Road.

Several people were present, but Vela said she wasn't sure how many of them were involved or what role they might have played in the incident.

At least one man was taken into custody, she said.

Vela said investigators recovered the gun used in the crime.  

Investigators also searched a parked car and watched surveillance video from a nearby gas station. Vela did not reveal what else, if anything, investigators found.

The scene attracted plenty of attention from passersby.

At one point, there were more than a half-dozen patrol cars from the constable's office and the Balcones Heights Police Department at the scene. 

Soon after the deputy approached the suspect, a call went out for an officer possibly in trouble.

Fellow deputies and police officers swarmed the area, believing that he might be in need of help.

"If our officer doesn't respond to dispatch right away, then again, it's a call for concern," Vela said. "So then, our officers will start coming out immediately."

No one was hurt.


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