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Crime Stoppers offers reward in theater assault
by Gary Kent
Jun 25, 2011 | 1193 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bee County Crime Stoppers organization is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of a man who assaulted an employee at the Rio 6 theater.

According to a report filed by Patrolman John Berry, the incident took place at about 8 p.m. Thursday, June 2.

According to a male victim, a theater employee, he was talking to one of his co-workers at the theater’s concession stand at 806 E. Houston St. when a bald, Hispanic male in a maroon shirt walked up to him and punched him in the left side of the face.

Berry reported that the man had suffered an obvious injury from the attack.

Police Chief Joe Treviño said later that he had heard the blow fractured the victim’s jaw.

A witness who was in the theater lobby at the time said he saw the assailant walk into the theater with a female and both went to the concession stand.

The witness said he then heard the assailant say, “What are you looking at?” and he then punched the victim in the face.

The other employee told Berry that the two approached them at the concession stand, and the female asked about the starting time of a movie. It was then that the assailant hit the victim in the face.

The assailant and the woman then walked out of the theater and drove away in a maroon Chevrolet half-ton pickup, going east on East Houston Street.

Deputies with the Bee County Sheriff’s Office were notified of the incident and the direction of travel, but they were unable to find the suspect’s pickup.

“I’d like to find that guy,” Treviño said.

Anyone who might have information that could help officers identify the assailant and make an arrest may contact Crime Stoppers at 361-362-0206 or call toll-free at 877-362-0206.

Crime Stoppers also may be contacted on the Internet at bccs.crimestoppersweb.com.

Witnesses who provide information to Crime Stoppers always remain anonymous.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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