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Officers arrest 18-year-old McAllen man accused of robbing Metro PCS store

When the officer arrived, he witnessed Raul Isais Roman, 18, of McAllen by the display table. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

Police arrested an 18-year-old man on Thursday, when he attempted to rob a Metro PCS store in McAllen, according to the criminal complaint against him.

At 6:39 p.m. Thursday, the McAllen Police Department dispatched an officer to the Metro PCS store at 601 S. 23rd St.

When the officer arrived, he witnessed Raul Isais Roman, 18, of McAllen by the display table.

"I gave verbal commands to Raul to drop the Metro PCS phone cases on the floor as he kept moving towards me. I observed he had blood on his hands," according to the criminal complaint. "I again told Raul to stop and get on the ground as I had my duty weapon pointed at him."

Roman followed the officer's orders, and the officer handcuffed him.

After Roman had been handcuffed, an employee emerged from the bathroom.

The employee said Roman entered the store and threatened to "shank" him unless Roman opened the cash register, according to the criminal complaint. The employee, though, locked the cash register — and then locked himself in the bathroom until police arrived.

Roman is charged with robbery, a second-degree felony. He couldn't be reached for comment.

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