Man arrested in robbery of student outside high school
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.