A series of robberies led to the indictment of a Red Oak resident by an Ellis County Grand Jury on Dec. 19.
Isaai Bustamante, 18, has been indicted on two charges of aggravated robbery.
According to the indictments, Bustamante allegedly used a firearm and knife during a pair of robberies on May 16 and Sept. 7.
The first robbery took place May 16 at 2:57 a.m. at the Whataburger located at 215 S. State Highway 342. The same restaurant was robbed a second time at 3:01 a.m. on Sept. 7.
Red Oak Police PIO Lt. Marc Schroeder stated both of these robberies involved two Hispanic males between the ages of 16-22. He also stated it is believed to be the same two individuals involved in each incident.
The Waxahachie and Ferris Police Departments were able to supply information to the Red Oak Police Criminal Investigation Division that eventually led to the identification of both individuals. The suspects were identified as Bustamante and a juvenile from Red Oak.
Red Oak Police Lt. Rick Boone previously stated that Bustamante was interviewed at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center following his arrest on Oct. 3.
Boone said Bustamante confessed to the two robberies in Red Oak and then made a written statement.
According to records from the detention center, Bustamante remained in custody as of 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28. He has bonds totaling $1.275 million. In addition to the charges from Red Oak Police, Bustamante has a charge of aggravated robbery from the Ferris and Waxahachie Police Departments.
Ferris Police initially arrested Bustamante on Oct. 3 for the robbery of the EZ Mart convenience store, which took place at about 1:40 a.m. on Aug. 8 in the 100 block of S. Central Street in Ferris. Bustamante and a second suspect, Waxahachie resident Araseli Uribe, 18, allegedly held up the store, leaving with an undisclosed amount of money and merchandise.
Ferris Police Chief Eddie Salazar previously told the Daily Light that Bustamante’s name came up during the course of the investigation. After interviewing Bustamante and looking at the evidence collected, Ferris Police officers were able to seize his cell phone. The phone was forensically examined and a rap song — recorded by Bustamante —
that detailed the alleged offense was found. The song ultimately led to his arrest.
“We Mirandized him and let him listen to the recordings. At that time he knew the gig was up,” Salazar stated previously. “He admitted to it and taking part in other robberies in Red Oak and Waxahachie, and that information has been passed along to those agencies.”
Records from the Ellis County District Clerk’s Office show that Bustamante and Uribe have not been indicted for the Ferris robbery.