Man ar­rested in rob­bery of stu­dent out­side high school


The Dallas Morning News - - NORTH TEXAS -

A sus­pect in the rob­bery of a stu­dent out­side Coppell High School was ar­rested Wed­nes­day night af­ter bar­ri­cad­ing him­self in his car.

Ger­ald Hiam, 29, of Gilmer was booked into the Dal­las County Jail late Wed­nes­day on an out­stand­ing war­rant for ag­gra­vated rob­bery out of Up­shur County in East Texas.

Po­lice were tipped about 7:15 p.m. when a res­i­dent in the 100 block of Hartford Cir­cle called to say a car fit­ting the de­scrip­tion of the one used in the Coppell High rob­bery was parked out­side.

When of­fi­cers at­tempted to con­tact the driver, he re­fused to get out of his car. At one point, Hiam dis­played a hand­gun, but he did not point it at of­fi­cers. He was act­ing er­rat­i­cally and showed signs of drug use, po­lice said.

Of­fi­cers set up a perime­ter and no­ti­fied SWAT, but Hiam sur­ren­dered af­ter about an hour, be­fore the tac­ti­cal team got in­volved. Po­lice later said Hiam was sus­pected in the rob­bery that oc­curred just be­fore 6:30 p.m. in the park­ing lot of the high school on Park­way Boule­vard.

The rob­ber pulled up to the vic­tim in a sil­ver Nis­san Sen­tra and asked a few ques­tions be­fore pulling out a hand­gun. He pointed it at the teen and de­manded his cell­phone and wal­let. The vic­tim handed them over, and the gun­man drove away.

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