Man uses flare gun to rob group at truck stop


Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect they say used a flare gun to rob a group of people at a local truck stop Sept. 9, reports the sheriff’s office.

According to a news release from Deputy Marcus McLellan, deputies were dispatched to the Cowboy Truck Stop at 24740 IH-10 in Hamshire at 12:49 p.m. in reference to an aggravated robbery that took place at the location. When the officer arrived, witnesses reportedly told them that the suspect approached a van that was parked at a pump station getting fuel. He opened the driver’s door and exhibited an orange gun before demanding that the passengers exit the vehicle and the driver hand over the keys to the van. The suspect then grabbed a cell phone from the driver’s seat and walked around to the other side of the vehicle where he fired a shot from the gun and walked away.

Responding deputies quickly located the suspect hiding in a tree line near the location where the incident took place. Deputies reported that the suspect was in possession of the orange gun, which turned out to be a flare gun, and live flares. The round that the suspect fired was also located.

No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect, identified as Juan Manuel Navarro, was arrested for aggravated robbery and transported to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.