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      Harlingen man arrested after botched robbery at popular taquera

      Franklin Edgardo Ortiz // Harlingen PD Photo

      A Harlingen man is behind bars after he allegedly ambushed a man during a botched robbery in the drive-thru lane of a popular taquera.

      Harlingen police arrested 27-year-old Franklin Edgardo Ortiz on an aggravated robbery charge on Monday evening.

      Investigators told Action 4 News that it all started in the drive-thru lane of the Taquera El Zarape off West Tyler Avenue around 6:15 p.m. Monday.

      Ortiz was allegedly wearing a black ski mask and a white, hooded sweatshirt when he tried to rob a drive-thru customer.

      Police said Ortiz hit the drive-thru customer with his gun when the customer refused to hand over any cash.

      Ortiz fled on foot but officers found him as the passenger of a car driven by a woman just a few blocks away off South K and Filmore Streets.

      The drive-thru customer had some cuts to his face but refused medical treatment.

      Ortiz appeared before a Harlingen municipal judge on Tuesday morning where he was issued a $250,000 dollars in bond.