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Denton man indicted in connection with holdup

Profile image for By Valerie Wigglesworth / The Dallas Morning News
By Valerie Wigglesworth / The Dallas Morning News

A Denton man described by police as “a bad dude” with a long list of charges was indicted Thursday in connection with a holdup at a Plano electronics store.

David Lee Horton Jr. was indicted Thursday by a Collin County grand jury on one count of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated kidnapping.

Plano police say he entered an electronics store in the 3300 block of Dallas Parkway on Jan. 21 with a handgun, restrained everyone inside and robbed the store of cash and electronics. No one was injured, but Plano police wanted him off the streets and asked for the public’s help in finding him. They announced a warrant for his arrest on Jan. 28.

Later that night, Lewisville police were called to the IHOP near Vista Ridge Mall on Interstate 35E because patrons had overheard a man, later identified as Horton, talking with two women about stealing a car. When police arrived, Horton took off for the bathroom. He reportedly said he had a gun and was willing to use it. A tactical team was called out. Horton had punched through the ceiling to the roof but was unable to get down. He surrendered after a four-hour standoff.

Horton is being held in the Denton County Jail in lieu of $1.4 million bail.

In addition to the Plano charges, he is being held on an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon charge out of Richland Hills, three aggravated robbery charges from Tarrant and Denton counties and two vehicle burglary charges from Dallas County.