Warrant issued for Subway robbery suspect who left with cash, cookies, affidavit says

Feb 07, 2018
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Austin Police Department

Police have issued an arrest warrant for a woman investigators believe robbed a Subway fast food restaurant Friday, court records say.

The woman’s arrest affidavit does not name her as a suspect in two previous robberies for different Subways in the area, incidents that both occurred on Jan. 19.

Dietra Lee, 42, is charged with robbery by threat. She has not yet been caught and jailed, records show. 

A woman came into the Subway on West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, at San Antonio Street, around 8:40 p.m., the affidavit says. She bought two cookies, then gave the Subway employee a note that read “I have a gun. Give me the cash in the drawer. I’ll shoot.” She showed the employee a bulge in the waistband of her pants.

The employee gave her cash, and she left with the cash and cookies, the affidavit says.

Less than six minutes after the robbery, officers stopped Lee less than two blocks away, the affidavit says. She had a cookie with her and a flashlight in her waistband. Officers brought Lee to the Subway, and the Subway employee did not identify Lee as the robber.

An APD detective reviewed the Subway surveillance tape the next day, and the robber was wearing the same clothes as Lee — tight light-colored pants, a gray T-shirt, a black jacket, and black shoes with a white sole, the affidavit says. The robber did not have a purse on her, but Lee did when she was stopped.

Surveillance video from St. Austin's Catholic church shows that a woman placed her white pursue behind an AC unit in the church garage before she went into the Subway, the affidavit says. The woman later leaves the Subway, picks up the white purse and leaves.