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Man robbed at gun-point; Hot Wheels may help find thief


By Danielle Skinner

BELLMEAD- Police are searching for the suspect who robbed a man at gun-point in a local park.

The person who was robbed is a special needs adult, and he's okay, but the suspect may have picked the wrong guy to mess with.

Patrick Abel was terrified when the suspect pointed a gun right in his face. But there's something you and that gunman should know about Abel. 

He collects hot wheels, and was able to tell the year, model, and make of the car the suspect fled in.

Abel told police he was walking in Brame park on Wednesday morning. A suspicious man called Abel over to his car. Abel said hello, and the suspect greeted him with a gun.

He pointed it right in Abel's face, demanding a gold ring he had on his finger. Abel gave him the ring and the suspect drove off.

"He pulled a gun out on me, and I was scared of it," Abel explained.

The ring the suspect took wasn't an ordinary ring. This is a McDonald's ring. Abel's been working there for ten years in Bellmead, the ring was a reward for his years of service.

"They presented me with the ring," Abel said. "It was a precious gift to me."

Abel's mother, Julia Story says she was horrified to learn what happened but was thankful he got away.

"I was in shock. I thank God that he was watching over Patrick," Story said. "His ring can be replaced but his life can't."

After the suspect took off, Abel walked to the police station and told an officer what happened.

Abel gave police this detailed description: The suspect was a tan male, who is believed to be Hispanic. Both of his arms were covered in tattoos, and he was wearing a tank top and shorts. He drove a 1993 tan or brown Jeep Cherokee.

If you have any information on the suspect or the vehicle, call Bellmead police.

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