Owner fights car thief

AMARILLO, TX - An auto thief is booked after struggling with car owner during a robbery at a local convenience store in Amarillo.

Tuesday night just before 9:30, the owner of a 2012 Nissan Altima parked outside the Super A at 1401 NE 24th Avenue, and left his keys inside the car. Inside the store, he noticed a Hispanic man that he did not know getting into the driver's side of the car.

The owner ran outside, and struggled with the suspect after he opened the door as the vehicle was backing away. The suspect continued to back the vehicle away, telling the owner to let him go because his brother was coming with a gun; however, the 'brother' was not at the scene. Eventually, the man lost control of the vehicle, and backed into a Toyota pickup in the parking lot.

The suspect ran from the scene, but was later located in the 2400 block of N. Wilson and arrested.

The witness and store video which shows the suspect, positively identified him as Adrian Noel Coronado.

Coronado was booked into the Potter County Detention Center on a charge of robbery.

CRIME PREVENTION TIP: APD says as a reminder to always take your keys with you when you are away from your car, even if for only a few moments. Even a few seconds allows a suspect to enter your vehicle and drive away.

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