Temple Police Release Identity of Robbery Suspect
Temple police have released the name of a man arrested Wednesday night in connection with two armed robberies.
33-year-old Bontamiam Smith of Temple remained in the Bell County Jail Friday pending arraignment on a charge of aggravated robbery.
Police allege Bontamiam entered the office of the Romana Court Apartments at 500 W. Ave. G shortly before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, displayed a handgun, and demanded cash. Bontamiam reportedly fired the gun at the ceiling before taking the cash and fleeing east on Ave. G.
At 6:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to Pool's Grocery at 315 E. Central Avenue after receiving a call about a robbery. A witness told them a man matching Bontamiam's description had robbed the store at gunpoint, once again firing into the air when the clerk failed to move quickly.
Surveillance footage of a red SUV used as a getaway vehicle led police to a residence in the 500 block of S. Knob St, where they found the vehicle parked. Officers set up a perimeter around the home and made contact with Bontamiam, arresting him without incident. After obtaining a search warrant, they discovered a weapon in his home that matched the shell casings found at the scene of both robberies, as well as other physical evidence linking Bontamiam to the scenes.
The case was presented to the Bell County District Attorney's Office Thursday.