Xavier Perkins was indicted by a Denton County grand jury last week on 10 counts of robbery in connection with a string of holdups at convenience stores and hotels in Denton from Sept. 5 to Nov. 6.
Perkins, a 28-year-old Denton resident, also was indicted on additional theft and burglary charges from two separate incidents in August. He is in Denton County Jail with a bail totaling $132,500 for all 12 charges.
After his arrest Nov. 6, Perkins confessed to Denton police investigators and the Denton Record-Chronicle during a jailhouse interview.
He said legal fees from previous criminal charges, coupled with the cost of rent and an inability to find work, led to his actions.
"I really couldn't find work or a job that really would put me in a position to be able to provide for myself and my family," said Perkins, who has a wife and 8-year-old son.
Perkins is accused of robbing the stores and hotels with what police believe to be an Airsoft gun, which fires only plastic pellets. Perkins said in an affidavit that he removed the orange tip of the gun to make it seem more realistic. In all the robberies, Perkins' head was wrapped in pieces of a T-shirt that had been cut in half, police said.
Born and raised in Lufkin, Perkins said he worked odd jobs in Denton and Ponder when he first arrived in the city in 2016. He said he most recently worked at Acme Brick Co.'s Denton facility on Fort Worth Drive. He said he was forced to quit because of an issue with his staffing agency about two weeks before the first robbery Sept. 5.
Perkins said he had trouble finding other work because of previous felony charges. He was no stranger to police in Lufkin, where he was arrested several times between 2009 and 2015 on charges ranging from theft to robbery.
He and his family had been living at the Renaissance Court apartments in the 1200 block of East Hickory Street when the robberies started Sept. 5. He had been behind on rent and was expecting an eviction notice, which arrived weeks later, he said.
Perkins had been staying at various hotels while committing robberies in the weeks before his arrest. During the jailhouse interview, he acknowledged he was meticulous about the robberies.
All 10 occurred in the late-night hours between about 10 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. He said he analyzed the areas beforehand to determine the least busy times. His method of operation made it difficult for investigators to identify him, Denton police said.
The months-long investigation leading to his arrest involved a tracking device that investigators attached to Perkins' vehicle. On Nov. 6, detectives witnessed a masked Perkins walk in and out of a Family Dollar and E-Z Chek convenience store, and he was booked into Denton City Jail later that night.
Perkins' burglary charge stems from an attempted theft on Aug. 21 at the Dollar General in the 3000 block of North Elm Street. He told police he broke into the store to steal cash, but he didn't find any in the store, according to an arrest affidavit.
He also is accused of stealing 10 video games on Aug. 20 from the Target store on South Loop 288. Store security said he smuggled the games out of the store in his waistband.
JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.
In the Know
Denton police said Perkins confessed to 10 robberies between Sept. 5 and Nov. 6:
Sept. 5: 7-Eleven, 1200 block of South Loop 288
Sept. 5: Corner Stop convenience store, 3200 block of North Elm Street
Sept. 6: Super 8 motel, 600 block of South Interstate 35E
Sept. 10: Quality Inn & Suites, 1500 block of Dallas Drive
Sept. 15: Dollar General, 3000 block of North Elm Street
Sept. 25: 7-Eleven, 1200 block of South Loop 288
Oct. 6: Exxon convenience store, 3600 block of South I-35E
Oct. 23: Dollar General, 2100 block of Sadau Court
Nov. 6: Family Dollar, 100 block of Maple Street
Nov. 6: E-Z Chek, 700 block of Londonderry Lane