Police ID man they say took hostage during robbery, aimed at officers

Jervaughn Amante Walker, 19, held in lieu of $100,000 bail

By Mariah Medina - Digital Journalist

SAN ANTONIO - A would-be robber who police said took a Subway employees hostage and later aimed at San Antonio police officers has been identified.

Jervaughn Amante Walker, 19, is charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of aggravated robbery. 

A passerby called police just before midnight after seeing a masked man jump across the counter of a Subway in the 9600 block of Potranco Road, then seeing an employee with their hands raised, Assistant San Antonio police Chief James Flavin said.

Three San Antonio police officers arrived at the Far West Side restaurant and when Walker saw officers, he held one employee hostage at gunpoint. During the confrontation, another employee was able to get away from Walker, leaving one hostage in the store, Flavin said.

Flavin said the hostage was able to briefly escape Walker's grip and that Walker then pointed his weapon toward police, prompting at least two officers to open fire on the robber. Walker, police said, grabbed the hostage again and went behind the counter. After some negotiation, he released the hostage and surrendered to police, Flavin said.

Walker was grazed by a bullet and was taken to University Hospital in stable condition.

Flavin said the officers who opened fire will be placed on administrative duty, per standard procedure.

Another passerby who saw the shooting unfold was filming the large police presence in the area when shots began ringing out. In the footage shared with KSAT early Sunday, at least one San Antonio police officer is seen outside the store when shots are fired. A figure is seen jumping what appears to be a counter as more officers move into the building. Officers are then heard calling out, "He's behind the counter. Behind the counter," to one another.

The video ends before the suspect and hostages come out.

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