SAPD: Man breaks into store, chases workers with screwdrivers

Suspect quickly taken into custody, police say

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are still trying to figure out what prompted a man to break into a South Side convenience store and threaten the employees.

Officers said they were called to the business, located on Fair Avenue near Interstate 37, a little before 4 a.m. Monday.

They said employees told them a man had broken through the glass of the still-locked front door, climbed inside and chased them around with two screwdrivers in his hands.

Police quickly arrived at the scene and took him into custody.

They said the workers were not injured in the incident, but the suspect did suffer some minor cuts to his hands.

Officers spent more than an hour at the scene collecting evidence and questioning witnesses.

One of the witnesses also spoke with KSAT12, saying that he stumbled upon the commotion as he rode past on his bicycle.

Mario Garza says he tried to intervene, stopping the suspect from stabbing the workers.

However, he suffered a minor cut to his wrist from the screwdriver.

Garza was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Police said the suspect will be treated at a hospital for the cuts on his hands and evaluated for other health concerns.

About the Authors:

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.