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Teens arrested in connection with pizza delivery driver robberies

Denton police on Tuesday arrested two teens suspected of robbing two Domino's Pizza delivery drivers at gunpoint on Oct. 20 and again Monday in south Denton. 

Rolando OlveraDenton Police Department
Rolando Olvera
Denton Police Department

Rolando Olvera, 18, has been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, while an evading arrest charge is pending, according to Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer. 

Victor Chairez, 17, was taken to Denton City Jail on two counts of aggravated robbery and one charge of evading arrest. He was also charged with tampering with identification numbers for an incident on Oct. 8, Kizer said. 

Police believe the suspects could be connected to a third robbery of a Pizza Hut delivery driver on Oct. 22, but Kizer was not able to confirm that information Wednesday afternoon. 

"We're very early into this [investigation] with a whole lot of information to go through," Kizer said.  

In the first robbery, about 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Domino's Pizza received a delivery order over the phone. The caller asked that the order be delivered to the 2500 block of Roselawn Drive. 

Victor ChairezDenton Police Department
Victor Chairez
Denton Police Department

When the driver arrived at the home and started walking to the door, a man holding a gun, later identified as Chairez, approached him from behind, according to an arrest affidavit. 

Chairez was pointing the gun toward the ground when he told the victim to give him his money and cellphone. The victim said he didn't have any money but gave Chairez his LG phone, the affidavit said. 

The victim's vehicle, a 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer, had been unlocked and running at the time. The affidavit said Chairez and a second suspect, later identified as Olvera, entered the vehicle and drove off toward Fort Worth Drive. 

Three days later, police found the stolen Lancer about 200 yards off the roadway in a field. Officers searched the vehicle and found a receipt from Chicken Express dated Oct. 21, the affidavit said. 

Investigators then recovered video surveillance footage from the Chicken Express in the 1100 block of South Loop 288. The video showed Olvera and Chairez at the drive-through window in the victim's stolen Lancer, according to the affidavit. 

The second robbery occurred about 8:30 p.m. Monday at a mobile home park in the 2200 block of Fort Worth Drive,  a mile away from the location of the first robbery. 

Police said the delivery order was placed about 8 p.m. by a man who identified himself as "Carlos." The delivery driver arrived at the home, got out of his Hyundai Santa Fe and started to open his back seat door when he heard someone running near him, the affidavit said. 

The victim said a man opened his front passenger door and sat in the passenger seat, according to the affidavit. The victim told police he heard the "hammer of a gun" and looked back to see another suspect pointing a silver revolver at him. 

"Hand me your wallet, we are locking it down," one of the suspects said, according to the affidavit. They also asked for his cellphone. 

The victim gave the suspects his wallet before the suspect with the gun got into the driver's seat, the affidavit said. They drove away, and the victim went to a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store to call police. 

On Tuesday, a Denton police lieutenant spotted the victim's stolen vehicle during a patrol near Fort Worth Drive and Mission Street, the affidavit said. 

The vehicle had been traveling south on Fort Worth Drive when the officer tried to make a traffic stop. The suspects then fled to the mobile home park in the 2200 block of Fort Worth Drive, where the second robbery occurred. Police located both suspects after a search of the area, according to Kizer. 

After interviewing the suspects, police said they found out the pair used an application on Olveras' phone that allows users to create a fake phone number. 

After executing two search warrants on both suspects, police recovered multiple pieces of evidence linking them to four other residential burglaries, but no other charges have been filed. Kizer said he did not know when those burglaries occurred. 

A 19-year-old Pizza Hut employee said he was robbed at gunpoint Oct. 22 at a home in the 2400 block of James Street, but police could not confirm whether Chairez and Olvera are suspects in that case.

JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.