A robbery suspect’s getaway didn’t go quite as planned Wednesday after he ran into off-duty Denison Police officer.


Sherman Police Sgt. Brett Mullen said at approximately 2 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shoplifting in progress at Home Depot in the Sherman Town Center.


“It was reported that the suspect, while attempting to steal an edger and blower — totaling approximately $700 — pushed a loss prevention employee attempting to stop him, causing the employee minor injuries,” Mullins said. “But, the suspect was stopped by officers a short distance from the store and he was placed under arrest.”


Mullen said the suspect was reportedly stopped by an off-duty Denison officer in the area and was briefly held at gunpoint until local officers arrived.


The Sherman sergeant said the suspect would have sustained a lesser charge of theft, but because he assaulted the loss prevention officer, the charge was ultimately enhanced to felony robbery.


“At $700, that would have been a Class B misdemeanor theft,” Mullen said. “But doing what we he did, made the charge much worse for himself.”


Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at asmith@heralddemocrat.com.