2 suspects charged for Apollo Liquor robbery

Published 10:45 am Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Two of four men have been formally charged with robbing Apollo Liquor on Nov. 25.

David Ansell Dorenzo, 21, and Leonard Lamar Booth, 24, were both charged with one count of aggravated robbery and one count of simple robbery, both felonies. Both men were in court for their first appearances Monday. Two other men allegedly with Dorenzo and Booth have not been charged.

Dorenzo.BoothOfficers responded to a report of a robbery at Apollo Liquor, 903 W. Oakland Ave., around 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 25, according to a police report. Officers were dispatched to the liquor store regarding a robbery. One officer on patrol nearby observed two store clerks run out of the store, who told him four black males fled the store without paying for four bottles of cognac valued at about $204, according to the report.

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One clerk was at the cash register when the four men came into the store.

The report stated the clerk thought the men might steal something, as one man was trying to distract him while the other three were in the aisles, so he called for the second clerk who was in the back. The second clerk said he saw on the cameras the three men stuffing bottles of liquor in their sweatshirts, and he went and stood in front of the door. Then one of the men pushed him out of the way and he fell back against a counter. The suspects then fled east on First Avenue Southwest in a Buick LeSabre.

An officer located the vehicle in the 500 block of First Avenue Southwest and pursued it. The vehicle turned south on Fourth Street Southwest, and as the officer caught up, two men fled the car. A second officer saw two of the suspects running north on Fourth Street Southwest between houses along the street. The officer apprehended one of the suspects — Dorenzo — and the first officer along with a third officer apprehended Booth, who was in the back seat of the car.

An officer found a large, unopened bottle of Hennessy cognac in the Buick, and a witness gave an officer a Remy Martin Champagne Cognac box with an unopened bottle of liquor, which he found in his yard between his house and garage. Officers also found a bottle of Remy Martin 1738 in the front seat of the Buick.

Banfield Elementary School was on a soft lockdown for a time during the incident, as some programs are still taking place though children were not in school due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The robbery was the second early morning robbery at an Austin store in a week. On Nov. 19, a man armed with a knife robbed Ankeny’s Mini Mart No. 4.

Both investigations are ongoing, and anyone with information is encouraged to call 437-9400 or use the Tip411 app online.

Dorenzo and Booth are scheduled for court Dec. 10.