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Police say Floresville man is robber, kidnapper




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FLORESVILLE -- Bobby Martin Schroeder, 29, of Floresville is being held in the Wilson County Jail on a total of $60,000 bond, according to jail records following his March 22 arrest. He is charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery for his alleged role in a March 15 incident here.

According to Detective George Ortiz of the Floresville Police Department, a Peach Street resident reported that at approximately 9 p.m., he was taking a shower when he heard a knock at the door. When he answered the door, two men burst into the home and threatened to kill the resident if he did not give them money.

Ortiz said the victim insisted he did not have any currency in the home, but that he had a check for $1,046.72. Schroeder and another unidentified man allegedly made the man drive them to the H-E-B supermarket on U.S. 181 in Floresville, where they planned to cash the check. Ortiz said the customer service center already had closed, prompting the men to insist the victim drive them up the road to the Walmart Supercenter in Floresville, where the check was cashed.

Ortiz said that during a brief moment while the victim was alone with a cashier, he reported attempting to ask for help. But because the victim only spoke Spanish, the clerk was unable to understand him and he was rushed away by one of the suspects.

The three left the store, Ortiz said. The victim reported that the men exited the vehicle on Sutherland Springs Road. The victim then drove home and called police. Floresville Patrolman John Muñoz responded.

Surveillance video from both stores led Ortiz to Schroeder, who had prior dealings with Floresville police. Officers caught a break March 22 just after 9 p.m., when Floresville Patrolman James “Billy” Mitchell brought Schroeder in for questioning on an unrelated assault charge, said Floresville Lt. Jesse Evins. Arrest warrants were then issued on the robbery and kidnapping charge.

Evins said a warrant will be issued for the arrest of Schroeder’s alleged accomplice, who is believed to be in San Antonio. Police did not release his identity.
 

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