Ardmore police apprehended a gun-toting holdup man who attempted to rob a fast food eatery early Tuesday before fleeing to a nearby apartment complex where he tried to hide inside a residence.
Police responded about 1:15 p.m. to reports of a robbery in progress at Whataburger, located in the 900 block of Holiday Drive. But after pointing a gun at a clerk and demanding money, the holdup man apparently decided robbery wasn’t a good idea.
Capt. Keith Ingle, APD Patrol Division, said Officer Chris Mata was in the area and arrived in the parking lot as Edgar Chambers fled the eatery, heading toward Pecan Creek Apartments.
“Officer Mata ordered him to stop. Chambers refused and kept moving. Officer Mata then attempted to taze him, but the heavy jacket Chambers was wearing made that attempt ineffective,” Ingle said. “Chambers went inside an apartment and slammed the door just as I arrived (on the scene).”
Ingle said the officers made entry into the apartment and subdued Chambers, taking him into custody without further incident.
A search warrant was obtained for the apartment and was immediately served.
“We recovered the gun used in the robbery. It was a large revolver that was actually a CO2 pistol, but appeared real. It resembled a ‘Dirty Harry’ kind of gun,” Ingle said
The search warrant also led to the confiscation of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Chambers was booked into the Carter County Detention Center. Later in the day, charges of attempted first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of methamphetamine were filed against the 59-year-old defendant. He made an initial appearance in district court where bond was set at $75,000. A preliminary conference is set for 9 a.m. May 6.
Carter County Detention Center records at 5 p.m. Wednesday indicated Chambers remained incarcerated pending the posting of bond.