UPDATE: LPD investigating two armed robberies at phone stores, s

UPDATE: LPD investigating two armed robberies at phone stores, suspect arrested

Byron Whitfield, 32 Byron Whitfield, 32

Update:

At approximately 2:25 Tuesday, detectives with the Person Crimes Division spotted a vehicle matching the description provided by the victims in a parking lot in the 5700 block of 4th Street.

They set up surveillance on the vehicle and waited for someone to get into it.  After a few minutes, the driver, Byron Jermor Whitfield, 32, returned to the vehicle and began to drive away.

Detectives waited for back-up and stopped the vehicle. They located items that were taken in one of the robberies in the vehicle. 

Whitfield was arrested and taken to the Lubbock County Detention Center.


Lubbock Police are investigating armed robberies at two Metro PCS locations. 

The first robbery was reported around 10:00 a.m. at the cell phone store near 34th Street and Wayne Ave.

The suspect entered the store armed with a handgun. He demanded the employee to "give me the money" while pointing the gun at the victim. The victim took him to the register and he took an undetermined amount of cash.

The suspect then demanded the victim to open the safe, but was unable to open it. The suspect then took the victim to the back of the store and put her in a closet telling her he would shoot her if she came out.

The second robbery happened about an hour later near 74th street and University Ave. 

Again, he entered the store armed with a handgun. He told two employees not to do anything stupid. He then demanded one employee to give him the money from the register. The employee complied and gave the suspect an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect was seen leaving in a gold Chevy Trailblazer headed south then westbound. 

Police believe the same suspect robbed both stores due to the description. The suspect is described as a black male wearing a grey hoodie, ski mask, blue jeans and black gloves. 

Police released the following picture of the suspect from surveillance footage. 

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