Man Arrested in Big Spring For Aggravated Robbery

Man Arrested in Big Spring For Aggravated Robbery

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING – One man has been arrested on aggravated robbery in Big Spring.

Big Spring Police tell NewsWest 9, they were contacted by a woman last Thursday who stated that she was the victim of an aggravated robbery the night before.

The victim gave police a description of the suspects as a white male, in his mid-30's, dark complexion with dark hair and a dark colored goatee.

The woman told police that the suspect displayed a firearm at the 7-11 in the 1200 block of East 11th Place, ordered the victim into her car and told her to go to her bank.

That's when the suspect told the woman to withdraw $300 and the woman complied and drove the suspect to the east side of town where he fled on foot.

That same day, police were called out to the same location in reference to a second robbery.

That victim told police that a suspect also made the victim drive to their bank and withdraw money. The suspect also took the victim's tan Toyota Camry.

Upon further investigation, police were able to identify the suspect as 35-year-old Lester Duffer and an arrest warrant was issued.

On Friday, a deputy with the Howard County Sheriff's Office spotted the stolen vehicle in the second robbery in the 2600 block of Fairchild.

Once at the residence, police saw Duffer inside the home and that's when officers gained entry.

Police say Duffer fled out of a window and a foot chase ensued.

He was later tazed and taken into custody.

A search of the residence found that Duffer was in possession of the debit card and keys to the stolen Toyota Camry from the victim of the second robbery.

Currently, Duffer has been charged with one count of aggravated robbery in connection with the first robbery. Detectives are currently in the process of getting a second aggravated robbery warrant for the second robbery.