He claimed to have a gun.
Police say the suspect almost robbed a Subway on O'Connor Road around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, only to leave, drive four miles away and hold up another Subway on Beltline just minutes later.
Police believe that when one clerk yelled for the other at the first Subway, the suspect got spooked and high-tailed it out.
"I think that the clerk panicked and called for the other employee in the back, and perhaps at that time, he decided it wasn't worth trying to confront two people and he took off," said Officer James McLellan with the Irving Police Department.
But that didn't deter the suspect – he regrouped and tried again at the next Subway.
"He came in saying he had a gun in his pocket," said the Beltline Subway owner, Tony Cimaglia. "He kept his hand in his pocket the whole time and just used the fear element to get ‘em."
The man can be seen on surveillance video yelling at an employee, demanding cash and threatening to shoot him.
"If the guy is going to come in and rob the store claiming he has a gun, you gotta assume he does," said Cimaglia.
It's unknown if he really did, but Cimaglia says employees are trained to comply, so the employee handed over several hundred dollars in cash.
This location on Beltline has only been open for nine months, and Thursday night's robbery was its first.
No one in either robbery attempt was hurt, and the only vehicle description on the suspect is a red car.
Irving police hope the clarity of the surveillance cameras helps solve the crime.
"He was obviously determined to try and get something," said McLellan. "Now whether the first one was just a dry run to see how it would work, and he wasn't really committed at that point, who knows, or whether he was just desperate on the second one and went through with it."
Irving police aren't sure if the suspect has committed similar robberies in other cities; they could only link the two Thursday night.
When arrested, the man will be charged with robbery, but that could be enhanced based on his threats of a gun.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 972-273-1010 and reference case number 15-1577 or 15-1579.
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