A suspect already on the run from authorities was arrested Wednesday night, charged with the armed robbery of an elderly Garner-area man.
William Lee Currie, 36, of Weatherford, was traced to Dallas by members of the Weatherford-Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team through the use of the victim’s credit cards, according to a Parker County Sheriff’s Department release.
Authorities said FAST members had searched Tuesday for Currie, a convicted felon wanted on parole violation and other Parker County charges.
On Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies reportedly responded to a 911 call in the 1900 block of Adell Circle, north of Garner in northwestern Parker County, where a 70-year-old man said he was robbed at gunpoint by Currie, a former employee. The man said he had fired Currie for stealing.
The man said as he arrived to his residence around 3:30 p.m., Currie allegedly came up behind him and placed a gun to the back of his neck, telling the victim he would “kill him” if he didn’t comply with his commands.
Currie allegedly ordered the man into a bedroom and bound his hands and feet with nylon rope before cutting the phone wires. Authorities say Currie then fled with the victim’s pickup truck, credit cards, cell phone and an undetermined amount of cash.
The victim was reportedly able to free himself and used a rotary phone to call 911.
Tracking the use of the stolen credit cards and through known acquaintances and hangouts, FAST members and Parker County sheriff’s investigators reportedly discovered Currie’s possible location. They enlisted the help of Dallas police and the Dallas U.S. Marshals’ FAST unit to track a known acquaintance of Currie’s, who led authorities to him hours later.
Parker County FAST unit members returned Currie to Parker County, where he was jailed Thursday without bond for the parole warrant along with the fraudulent use and possession of identifying information and theft of service charges. Further charges are expected to be filed against Currie, including aggravated robbery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a second charge of fraudulent use possession of identifying information.