Andrews Police Investigating After 13-Year-Old Boy Was Robbed At Gunpoint

Andrews Police Investigating After 13-Year-Old Boy Was Robbed At Gunpoint

By Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS: A 13-year-old boy was robbed at gunpoint over the weekend in Andrews. When police caught up with the criminal, it turned violent.

"I'm sure the young man was traumatized," said Bud Jones, Andrews Chief of Police.

The incident began around 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Moxley and Terrace. That's where the young boy was selling raffle tickets for his baseball team and a man robbed him at gunpoint. 22-year-old Bernardo Avila took off with just $55. 

Officials said after the robbery, the boy told a deputy who lives on the street what happened. Officers tracked down the car Avila was driving but he didn't give up easily.

"He tried to evade by entering a parking lot at Uncles Gas Station. He hit a fence and officers rammed his vehicle with the patrol vehicles to stop him because he had ran several people off the road and was driving extremely dangerous," said Jones.

When Avila's car finally came to a stop, he still refused to comply with police. Because of that a K-9 unit was sent in, forcing Avila to get out of his car. He was then put in cuffs and hauled off to jail. 

On top of his aggravated robbery charges, Jones said he's also been charged with attempted capital murder. 

"It was also determined that the subject had fired a weapon at the officers," said Jones.

Jones explained that when Avila robbed the young boy, two other people were in the car. Now, police are trying to track them down. 

"We believe we know who they are and based on information from other law enforcement agencies, they are very dangerous," said Jones.

Jones says this crime is unusual for the typically quiet town. But their police force is working hard on this ongoing investigation

"Andrews is safe. We have a low crime rate. But we're dealing with some serious issues here recently," said Jones.