Man arrested in connection to Odessa JCPenney robbery

Man arrested in connection to Odessa JCPenney robbery

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Odessa police made an arrest after a man allegedly robbed the JCPenney in Odessa, fled, and then evaded officers later when they tried to take him into custody.

Just after 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, JCPenney personnel told officers they saw a man put about $87 worth of merchandise in a backpack and leave the store without paying.

When an employee confronted the suspect, he threw the employee to the ground, ran away, and then fled in a car.

The JCPenney employee was able to take a picture of the car's license plate. Officers were able to use the picture to trace the vehicle to a house in the 1000 block of West 67 St.

There, officers were able to find a man matching the suspect's description, identified as Robert Kardoes, 29.

Authorities say when officers tried to arrest Kardoes he shoved them and tried to run away. They grabbed him and he tried to punch one officer but missed and then ran away through an alley.

Police caught up to him but Kardoes again resisted arrest. Officers had to tase him in order to arrest him. It was then that it was discovered that Kardoes had marijuana on him.

Kardoes was arrested and charged with robbery, evading arrest with a prior conviction, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.

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