Paul Anthony Rodriguez Charged With Violent Lubbock Dairy Queen Robbery
A Lubbock man has been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, one of which turned violent.
Lubbock Police detectives have served robbery warrants on 18-year-old Paul Anthony Rodriguez for aggravated robberies at a Dairy Queen and a Whataburger.
Authorities say that Rodriguez robbed the Dairy Queen at 69th Street and University Avenue in Lubbock on February 1st, 2014.
A male employee was reportedly taking out the trash shortly before 1 a.m. that night, when the robber attacked him with a baseball bat.
The assailant then went inside and demanded that a female employee give him money from the restaurant. She handed over the money, and the suspect then attacked her with the bat as well.
The male employee, 35-year-old Jesse Rios, remains in critical but stable condition at a Lubbock hospital. The female employee, 43-year-old Mary Cazarez, was treated and released.
Rodriguez is also charged with the robbery of the Whataburger at 50th Street and Utica Avenue in central Lubbock on March 3rd, 2014.
The suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun, and went behind the register. Both store employees complied with the suspect’s demands, but the suspect fired a shot. No one was injured in the robbery.
Rodriguez was arrested on April 17th, and charged with stalking and failure to display his driver’s license.
Detectives were investigating Rodriguez for additional crimes when Crime Line tips were received that reportedly helped link him to the robberies.
In addition to the aforementioned stalking and driver’s license charges, Rodriguez is also charged with two counts of Aggravated Robbery and burglary of a habitation. He is being held in the Lubbock County Jail.