For Immediate Release
December 31, 2018
MCTXSheriff Arrests Robbery / Evading Suspect
On December 30, 2018 at about 2:30pm, Deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a Walgreens Pharmacy at 20824 FM1485 in New Caney, Texas in reference to a robbery. The victim advised dispatchers that while she was sitting in her vehicle in the parking lot, the suspect approached her vehicle, and forcefully took her purse from her. The victim advised that the actor fled the scene toward US HWY59 South, and described the suspect’s vehicle as dark colored/grey 2000’s model Nissan Maxima. Soon after, awaiting Deputies observed this vehicle traveling South on US HWY59 at a high rate of speed. When deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop with the vehicle, the diver refused to stop. After a short pursuit, the vehicle struck a concrete barrier near the intersection of FM1314 and Loop 494. The driver then fled the vehicle on foot, but was captured by responding Deputies shortly thereafter. The driver was identified as Cantrell, Robert Paul W/M DOB: 01/22/1970 from Houston. During the investigation, Cantrell was found to be in possession of at least six different purses containing multiple identity documents that did not belong to him. Cantrell was taken into custody and placed in the Montgomery county Jail for the charges of Robbery (Second Degree Felony), Evading in a Motor Vehicle (Third Degree Felony), and Fraudulent Use/Possession if ID Information (Second Degree Felony). No bonds for the charges were set on account of Cantrell currently being on parole, and having two felony warrants in Polk County.
Sheriff Rand Henderson stated, “Job well done by the Deputies who quickly and safely arrested this dangerous criminal and put an end to his dangerous conduct! Deputies did an amazing job capturing this individual who chose to prey on woman during the holidays. He will now face the consequences of his actions through the criminal justice system”.
Specialist Lee Knudsen
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office