Police identify suspects in Sonic robbery

AUSTIN - Police have identified the suspects in an armed robbery at an Austin Sonic restaurant that left one employee injured last week.

According to the Austin Police Department, at around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, the employees at the Sonic located off of Parmer Lane had just closed the business and were cleaning when two men walked through the front door and said, "Where's the money?" One of the men had a gun, according to the employees.

After shooting one of the employees in the leg, the men ordered everyone to get on the ground, according to the affidavit. Some of the employees quickly emptied the money out from the registers and their pockets before the men left.

Some of the employees inside the restaurant managed to escape the building and hid near a church in the vicinity. They saw a dark-colored SUV in the church parking lot and identified it as a regular's vehicle. Another witness saw the men park the SUV in the church parking lot and walk to the Sonic.

Later, an employee told police she believes the SUV belongs to a customer named "Ricky" and his friend, "Xavier." That employee showed a detective their social media accounts. Police were able to find a record for Richard Gary Gomez, 18, which showed that he has an active suspension on his driver's license.

On Sept. 16, officers conducted a traffic stop on Gomez, who was also in the car with Xavier O'Neal Lewis, 18. 

During an interview, Gomez allegedly admitted to robbing the Sonic along with Lewis and another person who was not identified in the affidavit. According to police, Gomez also admitted to handling the gun during the robbery. 

According to online records with the Travis County Jail Monday afternoon, Gomez is currently in custody, but Lewis is not.


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