by Dr. Sharon Schuetz
At around 4:30 AM Monday, October 16, two men, approximately 20 -25 years-old, robbed the Exxon Station in Trinity at gun point after having successfully robbed Valero in Riverside a half-hour earlier. They reportedly managed to get away with $120 from Valero, and substantially more from Trinity's Exxon store.
Three employees were in the store at the time of the robbery. Clerk, Jonathan Miller, was next to the coke fountains, another employee was behind the counter, and the manager was in the office with the door open.
According to store employees the one that took the money was a black man wearing a hoody who carried a pistol into the manager's office. The other man stood at the door with a shotgun, holding the door open with his foot, while watching the parking lot.
Police Chief Steve Jones warns that if you ever find yourself faced with this type of situation it is best to cooperate with them because they are organized and dangerous. "These men are most likely from the Houston area and just made a trip through here," he explained. According to Jones, they had just robbed the Valero station in Riverside and he had put an alert out. The Trinity Police are working with the Walker County Sheriff's Department, gathering information and working the case together, including sharing video from both robberies. Jones encouraged citizens to report anything that is suspicious and they will gladly check out any leads.