Mount Pleasant Police arrest suspect in multiple robberies

Mount Pleasant Police Officers were dispatched to 2004 N. Jefferson Ave. (EZ Mart North) March 2, 2018 in reference to a robbery that had just occurred. Officers were able to determine from the video surveillance that the suspect left the scene in a green Pontiac with the front passenger side window covered with plastic. Officers recognized the vehicle from a previous traffic stop that was conducted in February. Officers determined the driver from the stop was Kendall McAllister based upon verification through surveillance footage.

Officers received another robbery report at Keith Mart at 2302 N. Jefferson Ave. The clerk on duty advised that a black male entered the store and was looking at products that were below the register. The clerk indicated that the male was hiding his face and she told him to show his face or she was going to call the police. The suspect then exited the store and walked back in approximately one minute later holding a blue shirt over his face and a lug wrench in his hand. He advised her to give him all of the money and two packs of Newport 100s cigarettes. She gave the suspect all of the cash in the register and the cigarettes. The suspect then walked out of the business and headed westbound around the building. The clerk notified the police.

Officers researched the information from the prior traffic stop and determined that McAllister was living in the 300 block of Lakewood Drive. Officers proceeded to the residence and knocked on the door. A light came on inside the residence. Officer announced who they were and the subjects inside refused to come to the door. Officer maintained a perimeter around the building until a search warrant and arrest warrant were obtained for McAllister.

Once the warrants were obtained, officers made forced entry into the residence and took McAllister into custody. The vehicle used in the robberies along with other items were recovered as evidence that tied McAllister to the crimes. McAllister was interviewed by detectives and gave a full confession admitting to the robberies. McAllister was transported to the Titus County Jail where he was booked in on one count of robbery and one count of aggravated robbery.