FERRIS — The lyrics of an aspiring rap artist about an alleged crime led police to make a second arrest in connection with the robbery of the Ferris-based EZ Mart on Tuesday.
Issai Bustamante, 18, of Red Oak has been charged with aggravated robbery.
“His name came up in the investigation and that is when we brought him in to talk last Thursday. We asked him if he minded if we searched his house and he let us. We went into his house and searched and found a jacket that was identical to the one that was used in the armed robbery,” Ferris Police Chief Eddie Salazar said. “We say it is identical because there is a little logo on the lower left-hand pocket. At first, I thought that it was just a spot of paint but no it is a logo. I told Investigator (Walter) Weiss that why don’t we go look at the video from EZ Mart to see if we can see that logo. Sure enough, it is visible right there in the video.”
Salazar stated that Bustamante was brought back to the police department on Sept. 29 for additional questioning.
“He said, ‘oh yeah, I bought that jacket at Ross. They sell those things all over the place.’ I said, ‘I will give you that, but it is just another piece of the puzzle,” Salazar recalled. “It is circumstantial evidence, but that tied him tighter to the investigation. He then took a polygraph and failed that miserably.”
On Sept. 28 police had enough evidence to seize Bustamante’s cell phone, which was then sent off to a lab to be forensically examined. It was then that the key evidence was discovered — a rap song.
Bustamante was arrested by police at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday and brought back to the police department.
“We Mirandized him and let him listen to the recordings. At that time he knew the gig was up. He admitted to it and to taking part in other robberies in Red Oak and Waxahachie, and that information has been passed along to those agencies.”
According to a previous Daily Light article, the armed robbery took place at about 1:40 a.m. on Aug. 8 in the 100 block of S. Central St. in Ferris. The video from the store’s security camera shows that the male suspect comes in first and sticks a handgun in the clerk’s face. This suspect has been identified as Bustamante.
A female suspect, who has been identified as Waxahachie resident Araseli Uribe, 18, then enters the store holding a large kitchen-type knife. Ferris Police arrested Uribe on Sept. 18.
The two suspects both make demands, and the compliant clerk surrenders the money. They also asked for cigars. After the robbery, the two exited the store heading towards Baker Street with an undisclosed amount of money and merchandise. The clerk reported no injuries.
Aggravated Robbery is a First Degree Felony and is punishable by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for life or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than 5 years.
The Ferris Police Department Criminal Investigations Division continues to follow up on leads generated by the arrest. Investigators anticipate additional arrests of other suspects involved in the same robbery.
The public is encouraged to contact the Ferris Police Department at 972-544-2225, or the Ellis County Crime Stopper organization at 972-937-PAYS if they have information about this robbery. Callers can remain anonymous. The department is located at 111 Ewing Blvd. in Ferris.