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Selfie leads to suspects’ arrest

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A smiling self-portrait led to the arrest Monday of two suspects in a Bridgeport robbery.

Sgt. Todd Low of the Bridgeport Police Department said Armando Tellez Sr. and Laura Tellez were arrested at their home in Fort Worth. The two, along with a third suspect, allegedly stole merchandise and assaulted the owner of Terra Cotta Boutique and Coffee Shop Feb. 5.

About 3 p.m. the boutique owner noticed two women in her store acting suspicious.

“She then noticed some empty hangers and went to confront them,” said Low.

At this point at least one of the suspects allegedly assaulted the store clerk. They shoved the victim and slammed a door on her.

They then jumped into a vehicle outside the boutique, which is located in the 900 block of Halsell Street. A man was driving the getaway car, which was described as a black, four-door passenger car with tinted windows.

During the altercation, the store owner grabbed a purse belonging to one of the suspects. The purse contained a cell phone and wire cutters, which are commonly used to remove security tags from clothes.

Low said the suspect’s cell phone was in the purse, and the phone contained a picture of two of the suspects.

Through resources at the Fort Worth Police Department, the phone number was cross-referenced, and the photo was compared to mug shots on file. Further investigation led to the couple’s Facebook page, where pictures and names also matched.

Warrants were issued Feb. 7 for the arrest of the suspects on second-degree robbery charges. Bridgeport PD worked closely with Fort Worth PD’s Robbery Violent Crimes Unit and the Fugitive Unit.

Low said Armando and Laura were booked into the Tarrant County Jail Monday. They were scheduled to be transferred to the Wise County Jail for booking and arraignment Tuesday.

The case is still under investigation.

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