On the 19th of October 2017 at approximately 2:14 A.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to the 7-11 located at 1209 E. 11th Place due to a Robbery. Upon arrival officers were informed that two Hispanic males had entered the store, one armed with a small metal bar, and demanded all of the money in the cash register. The clerk then gave the suspects the money and the suspects fled the store. One of the Hispanic males was identified as wearing a two-toned gray in color zip up hooded sweat shirt with a bandana covering his face and the other Hispanic male was wearing a black jacket with a gray shirt and a bandana covering his face. It is estimated the suspects got away with approximately $60.00 in currency.
As a result of CrimeStoppers information received and an investigation by the Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division an initial suspect was identified as Jose Cerda Jr. Hispanic/Male 17 years of age. Detectives were able to develop probable cause to arrest and charge Cerda with the Aggravated Robbery, a Felony 2 offense, of the 7-11. Cerda was arrested for the Aggravated Robbery on the 26 th of October 2017.
The investigation continued and Detectives were capable of identifying the 2 nd Aggravated Robbery suspect as Jacob Nathaniel Puga Hispanic/Male 17 years of age. During the course of this investigation, Detectives were also capable of identifying both Cerda and Puga as suspects in several other recent offenses to include 2 counts of Burglary of a Building a State Jail Felony, and 1 count of Burglary of a vehicle a Class A Misdemeanor.
On the 9 th of November 2017, Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division submitted Arrest Warrant affidavits and received the arrest warrants for Cerda and Puga. Cerda has since been charged with the additional offenses. Puga is currently wanted by the Big Spring Police Department for the offenses of Aggravated Robbery, 2 counts of Burglary of a Building and 1 count of Burglary of a Vehicle.
The Big Spring Police Department thanks the citizens of Big Spring that have helped with this investigation. If anyone has any information to the whereabouts of Puga you are urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (432)263-tips (8477). You can also leave an anonymous tip using the “P3 Tips” mobile application or from the Big Spring Police Department website www.bigspringpd.net