Marcus Lorenzo Jackson, who is currently in custody on a criminal trespassing charge, has been charged in connection with four recent robberies in the Denton area.
Jackson, 32, was arrested April 11 on the trespassing charge and remains in Denton County Jail. In addition to the criminal trespassing charge, he now faces three counts of robbery and one count of aggravated robbery. His bond for each robbery charge has been set at $20,000.
Jackson is accused of robbing an Exxon convenience store on March 30 in Denton, two Subway sandwich shops on April 10 — one in Denton and another in Corinth — and another Subway on April 11 in Denton.
About 3:30 p.m. April 10, Corinth police said a man walked into the Subway in the 3300 block of Corinth Parkway and pointed a partially concealed weapon at the employee behind the counter. The suspect got away with $200, police said.
Investigators believe that Jackson used two pieces of metal to mimic a double-barrel shotgun, according to a Denton police arrest affidavit.
Hours later, at about 10:30 p.m. the same day, Denton police responded to a robbery report at a Subway in the 700 block of South Interstate 35E in Denton. The restaurant closes at 10 p.m., but Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer said the doors had not yet been locked.
Kizer said the suspect "implied" he had a weapon because he covered his hand during the robbery. Police said the employee handed the man a bag with cash and coins, as well as cash from the register.
Before police arrived, the suspect walked out of the store and jumped a fence behind the restaurant, Kizer said.
About 8:20 p.m. April 11, a suspect entered a Subway restaurant in the 3300 block of Mayhill Road. The suspect wore a fake beard, a cap and sunglasses, the Denton police affidavit said. Police also said the suspect was armed with an "unknown weapon" at the time.
The suspect left the store with an unspecified amount of cash before Denton officers arrived on the scene and searched the area, according to earlier reports. Police later found the suspect's jeans, fake beard, cap, a hammer that was wrapped in a T-shirt, and Jackson's Texas ID near the restaurant.
About two hours later, at 11:35 p.m., Denton police received a call from a woman saying a man was beating on her apartment door. The woman's apartment complex, The Lodge at Pecan Creek, is about two miles from the Subway in the 6500 block of South Shady Shores Road.
Jackson reportedly forced his way inside, and police received more calls from neighbors about a woman screaming for help, Kizer said.
The woman escaped the apartment without an injury while Jackson went in her bathroom, Kizer said. Officers later convinced Jackson to open the locked bathroom door after talking to him for about an hour. He was charged with criminal trespassing for that incident.
When Denton police investigators confronted Jackson about the robberies last week, he told them he needed the money because his partner was expecting a baby, according to the Denton police affidavit.
Jackson, who told police he had just lost two jobs, also cited drugs and the fact he was "under a lot of pressure" as reasons for the robberies, the affidavit said.
JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.