GARLAND - Three men are in custody after a Grand Theft Auto-like rampage ended in a four-hour standoff early Tuesday morning. Cops say it all started at about 1:45 a.m. in Garland, when a man armed with a shotgun robbed somebody at an apartment complex.
Only 15 minutes later, Garland PD believes the same man robbed another person at gunpoint.
Fast forward to 2:30 a.m. That`s when three men, one armed with a shotgun, forced two people out of an SUV in a McDonald`s parking lot near the Bush Turnpike.
Lt. Pedro Barineau of Garland PD says cops caught up with the suspects not long after the carjacking, "Our officers recognized the vehicle that was stolen on 30, ran the license plate and confirmed it was a stolen vehicle and when the suspect fled the vehicle, they found the shotgun in the vehicle," he said.
With help from the Dallas PD SWAT team, Garland cops set up a perimeter to block the suspects from escaping. At 7:30 a.m., three men came out with their hands up and were taken into custody.
Vanessa Walker, owner of a nearby day care, was grateful the standoff was over. "The crime is pretty high over in this area, so that's one of the reasons why we are moving," she said. "I just thank God that everything worked out."
So is Lt. Barineau. "They're dangerous people," he said. "We're just grateful that they didn't hurt or kill anybody during these robberies."