Submitted by McKinney Police Department
Devon Mendez, 26, was charged with aggravated robbery on Sunday night following his arrest by the McKinney Police Department. He faces a Felony 1 charge, to go with a charge of evading arrest or detention, a Felony 3 charge.
Mendez allegedly robbed at gunpoint the Texaco at U.S. 380 and U.S. 75 while wearing a mask. He fled in a maroon Jeep Cherokee southbound on 75. He ran into heavy or stopped traffic due to construction at 75 and Eldorado, so he began driving erratically backwards on the freeway entrance ramp to get to the service road. Citizens began calling MPD to report this driving.
Officers working off-duty for the construction zone located the vehicle and began pursuing the suspect west into the Stonebridge area. The suspect turned onto Timber Circle and officers believed the vehicle would be trapped at the end of the street. As officers began to conduct a “felony traffic stop,” the suspect drove over a curb directly towards officers, who were out of their vehicle. In fear of injury, an officer fired two bullets at the suspect’s vehicle. One struck the center of the vehicle’s hood. The other struck the driver’s door above the foot well.
The suspect traveled a few hundred feet to the east on Timber Circle, where he abandoned the vehicle and fled into some nearby woods on foot. Both officers gave chase and were able to cach him. Neither the suspect nor the officers were injured. The gun and mask allegedly used in the Texaco robbery were recovered from Mendez’s vehicle.