Report: Shots Fired at Robbery Suspect Hours Before Arrest

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Several shots were fired at a suspect police believe is connected to multiple robberies around town just hours before his arrest. 

A report filed with the Abilene Police Department says Ayat Graves, 20, told officers an unknown suspect shot at him several times outside a home on the 2400 block of Russell Avenue just after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. "Five brass casings were collected from the roadway," according to the report. 

This shooting took place a couple of hours before Graves was taken into custody for Evading Arrest. That's his only charge right now, but police told KTAB and KRBC investigators are trying to connect him to a rash of robberies around Abilene.

Detectives believe Graves is one of three individuals or organizations responsible for at least a dozen robberies that have taken place over the past few weeks.

Another suspect connected to the robbery rash, Charles Brewer, 29, was taken into custody last week and is still being held in the Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling $150,000 for both Robbery and Aggravated Robbery charges. 

No other suspects have been publicly identified in connection to the robberies. 

The following convenience stores and other businesses have been targeted during the robbery spree: 

  • Convenience store on the 2400 block of S. 1st Street
  • Convenience store on the 3000 block of Pine Street
  • Convenience store on the 200 block of Pioneer Drive
  • Rick's Collectibles on the 3500 block of N. 6th Street
  • Allsups on the 2300 block of Barrow Street
  • West-T-Go on the 5000 block of Hwy 277 
  • Allsups on the 1000 block of Mockingbird Lane
  • 7-Eleven on the 1300 block of S. 14th Street
  • Dollar Tree on the 100 block of Sayles Blvd
  • Convenience store on 900 block of N. Willis Street
  • Convenience store on the 4800 block of S. 14th Street


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