Man with zip ties on wrists tells police he was robbed at West Side motel

Officers caught 2 suspects who returned to scene of alleged crime

San Antonio police are investigating what may have been a robbery after they found a man with zip ties on his wrists at a West Side motel.

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are investigating what may have been a robbery after they found a man with zip ties on his wrists at a West Side motel.

They say a worker at the Econo Lodge, located near SW Loop 410 and Marbach Road, called them before 9:30 a.m. Friday.

She told them a man had walked into the front office with zip ties on his hands.

Police say the 28-year-old, who spoke only Spanish, told them he had been robbed by some other men who took off in a white SUV.

It was not clear right away what, if anything, was taken from the victim.

Police caught 2 suspects, 17- and 18-years-old, after they crashed on Medina Base Road near SW Loop 410. (KSAT 12 News)

While officers were still at the scene, a vehicle matching the description of the one involved pulled into the parking lot, then left once the driver noticed police.

Officers were able to chase after the SUV and caught up with it after it spun out a few miles away, on Medina Base Road near SW Loop 410.

They took two people, ages 17 and 18, into custody.

Police say one of them had a gun.

At the motel, officers found two other men, still asleep inside the room where the victim said he was tied up.

Police were not sure right away how those men in the room were connected to the case, nor did they know how the victim was able to escape.

They say they are still investigating several scenarios, including the possibility that this incident somehow may be connected to human smuggling.


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.

Azian Bermea is a photojournalist at KSAT.