A late-night armed robbery call resulted in Cleburne County sheriff’s officers arresting a man and charging him with armed robbery.

Arrested was Thomas Vazquez, 34, originally held on $75,000 bond which was later reduced.

According to the arrest affidavit, a county deputy lieutenant and officer was called to an address at 11:30 p.m. Oct. 20. There they met a woman who told them she had been held-up by Vazquez.

Vazquez approached her as she got out of her car, she told officers, with a bandana over “the lower part of his face” while brandishing a silver handgun, per the report. He demanded her purse, the woman told officer.

She recognized Vazquez despite the bandana, she told officers. Vazquez then took her purse and “fled on foot,” per the report. As she called for help a second person came out of a nearby home who also recognized Vazquez.

Officers report they went to Vazquez’s nearby home, but he was not there. They stopped him a short time later as he was riding in his car near where the robbery took place. Vazquez was in the car’s passenger seat, “shirtless and sweating,” with his wife driving the car, per the report.

Officers searched the car and found a bandana like the one the robber had been seen wearing earlier, as well as an empty holster.

Vazquez was released at the time with instructions to report to the sheriff’s office the next day.

“Vazquez did not show up or contact the Sheriff’s Department...” the affidavit states.

Detectives continued the investigation, which led to Vazquez being charged with Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Assault, both felonies, and Theft of Property, a misdemeanor. Jail record show Vazquez being taken into custody Oct. 23.

Online court records show Vazquez appealed for, and received, a bond reduction to $15,000. According to jail records he was released after posting bond on Oct. 25.

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