Baytown police said the man they believe burglarized a church and robbed an ice cream shop has been taken into custody.
Police said officers responded to the Baskin Robbins on N. Alexander Drive just after 2 p.m. Thursday for a report of a robbery.
Upon arrival, police said the store manager said a heavy-set man with a lot of tattoos on his arms placed an order.
The manager told police the suspect said, “I do not want any trouble. I am on the run from Dallas, and already had killed two people. I need money because I am hungry, but I do not need all of it.”
Police said the manager gave the suspect $40. Witnesses told police the man drove off in a black Pontiac.
As authorities continue to investigate that case, once the suspect’s description was given to other police officers, they believed the suspect was connected to a burglary the day before at Redeemer Lutheran Church on E. Lobit Avenue.
Baytown police said around noon on Wednesday, a man matching the same description went to the church and asked for money.
According to police, the suspect said he needed money to get to Dallas to see his mother.
The suspect was turned away, but later returned. The suspect was caught on surveillance video in the fellowship hall taking a DVD player and a microphone, together valued at $460.
Police went to a nearby pawn shop and found the stolen items.
Officials said Johnny Johnson, 48, pawned the items and matched the description of the robbery and burglary.
Baytown police said Johnson was arrested Monday at a Dollar General Store. Officials said a woman who worked at another store he had robbed recognized him and called 911.