WAXAHACHIE — Red Oak Police have charged a suspect who allegedly robbed a Whataburger restaurant on State Highway 342 — twice.
Following an interrogation, Issaai Bustamante, 18, admitted to the robberies and has since been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. Assisting in the case were members of the Ferris and Waxahachie Police Departments.
“The big thing is that any time that we can work together and establish those effective working relationships between agencies and share information that gives us a better perspective of what is going on in our communities,” Red Oak Police Chief Garland Wolf said. “It is a force multiplier in that you have Ferris working for the citizens of Red Oak, Red Oak working for Waxahachie and Ferris and vice versa with Waxahachie and us. Having those effective dialogs in communication and sharing information that is what made this happen."
Wolf stated that he is thankful for these relationships with other law enforcement agencies looking out for one another and for investigators at each one of these organizations who did a fantastic job.
According to Red Oak Police, an aggravated robbery took place at 2:57 a.m. on May 16 at the Whataburger located at 215 S. State Highway 342. The same Whataburger was robbed again at 3:01 a.m. on Sept. 7.
Red Oak Police PIO Lt. Marc Schroeder said both of these robberies involved two Hispanic males between the ages of 16-22 and were believed to be the same individuals.
“The Red Oak Police Department Criminal Investigation Division has identified both subjects involved in these robberies based on information being obtained from the Waxahachie Police Department and Ferris Police Department,” Schroeder stated. “The first subject was identified as Bustamante. The second subject has been identified as a juvenile from Red Oak and a directive to apprehend is being issued for this subject.”
Red Oak Police Lt. Rick Boone stated that investigators interviewed Bustamante at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Waxahachie on Wednesday. Boone said Bustamante confessed to the two robberies in Red Oak and then made a written statement. He added that the arrest of the juvenile suspect is pending at this time. Bustamante is currently being held at the detention center on a $1 million bond.
Ferris Police initially arrested Bustamante for the robbery of the EZ Mart convenience store that took place in August on Tuesday.
Ferris Police Chief Eddie Salazar stated previously that Bustamante's name came up during the course of the investigation. After interviews with Bustamante Ferris and evidence that was collected Ferris Police were able to seize his cell phone. The phone was forensically examined and rap song recorded by Bustamante detailing the alleged offense led to his arrest.
Schroeder said the Red Oak Police Department thanks the Waxahachie Police Department and the Ferris Police Department for their assistance in these investigations.