Robbery suspect reportedly hails cab

By Fred Childers – bio|email

TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) – Around  4:30 Friday afternoon, a Texarkana Family Dollar becomes the target of a robber.

Police say Anthony Fant walked in to the store, handed the clerk a note, and made off with some cash - and he's still on the loose.

"We'd like anyone's assistance if they know where that individual might be," said Ed Emilia with the Texarkana Texas Police Department.

Although they don't know exactly where he is now, police were able to determine where he had been -

"And this guy came up and knocked on the window, and wanted a ride to Whitaker," said Grace Maxie with Twin Cities Yellow Cab.

Investigators say after the robbery Fant got into Maxie's cab.

"…didn't know anything," declared Maxie.

She says after the suspect calmly directed her to turn up and down several different streets, he paid his fair, and got out.

"When I started back up Whitaker and all the cops were coming towards me. I knew something was up then, and Rick had called me on the phone wanting to know where the cab was," said Maxie.

Rickie Graves with Twin Cities Yellow Cab added "I told them where she was located."

But, by the time police arrived, it was too late.

Their cab hailing suspect was gone.

"He didn't display a weapon that they could see so we don't know what he had, but yes, it's a robbery situation so you always consider them armed and dangerous," said Emilia.

Later on in the evening, two more businesses were hit again, by whom police believe is the same suspect they are on the hunt for.

The first evening robbery took place around 7:30 in the 4900 block of W.7th Street. The suspect entered the store, using the same maneuver he used in the first robbery, showed the clerk a note demanding money and indicating to the clerk that he was armed. The business was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect was last seen getting into a green Dodge van which drove away heading east on W. 7th Street.

Shortly after that robbery, another robbery was reported in the 4500 block of W. 7th Street. When he approached the clerk and showed her the note demanding money, the clerk hollered and the suspect ran away from the store without getting his demands met.

Texarkana Police believe that both of these crimes are connected to the first crime that was committed earlier in the day in the 1700 block of New Boston Road.

Police say they know who their suspect is, and will continue to look for him.

And they want to provide him with his next ride.

Texarkana Texas Police say if you see Fant or know of his whereabouts call 911.

Or you can call the Crimestoppers in that area, that number is 903-793 STOP.

That number is 903-793-7867.

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