CEFCO Robbery Suspect Arrested


At 11:13 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, James Michael Odonnell, 41, was arrested following the investigation of a robbery at CEFCO.

On Friday, Amarillo Police Department officers investigated an armed robbery at the CEFCO at 3400 South Coulter.

Officers had information that the suspect was possibly driving a stolen 2009 Nissan Frontier. The vehicle was stolen on Dec. 5th when it was left running and unattended in the 2500 block of South Georgia. 

On Friday at around  6 p.m., APD officers were dispatched to the Pak-A-Sak at 3400 South Western on a stolen vehicle. The keys were left in the console of the unlocked vehicle while the owner went inside. 

When the owner came out, the 2016 Chevrolet Impala was missing. While investigating this stolen vehicle, officers noticed that the stolen Nissan Frontier was parked and unoccupied in the same parking lot. 

At 7:48 p.m., an APD officer located the stolen Impala in a parking lot of a hotel at 6030 West IH-40. The driver fled from the parking lot and officers were unable to safely pursue. 

Officers were able to contact OnStar and see that the Impala was located in the 10600 block of West Amarillo Boulevard. 

Officers found the vehicle wrecked and abandoned at that location. While officers were searching the area, they overheard Potter County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to a stolen vehicle that had just occurred in the 1900 block of Girl Scout Road. 

The suspect entered an open garage and took a 2017 white GMC Sierra that had the keys left in it. Officers located the stolen GMC driving at IH-40 and Coulter. 

The driver refused to stop and drove over the embankment and fled north on Coulter Street. Officers were unable to safely pursue the suspect due to traffic. 

At 11:13 p.m., APD officers were dispatched to the Toot N’ Totum at 5409 East Amarillo Boulevard on a disorderly call with a weapon. 

Officers were told that two males were fighting over a gun inside of a white vehicle in the parking lot. When officers arrived three witnesses had detained Odonnell.  

Odonnell had walked up to a female sitting in her vehicle at the gas pump and pointed a gun at her. 

Odonnell attempted to steal the victim’s vehicle and was disarmed and detained by three witnesses until officers arrived. 

The stolen GMC truck was located in the parking lot. Odonnell was found to have a Parole Warrant for Burglary out of Bastrop County and he was confirmed to be the suspect from the CEFCO robbery earlier that day.

Odonnell was booked into the Potter County Detention Center for the Parole Warrant, Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. 

The other incidents remain under investigation. 

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