CHAMBERS COUNT, Texas – Three men have been arrested and another is on the run after robbing a Whataburger on Saturday morning in Chambers County.
The Chambers County Sheriff's Office said two armed black men entered the restaurant around 2 a.m. and demanded employees get on the floor.
Authorities say off-duty officer Travis Mendenhall with the Mont Belvieu Police Department was at the Whataburger and called 911.
Officials say Mendenhall followed the robbers' vehicle after they left and continued providing descriptions, including where the vehicle was traveling.
Officers with the Baytown Police Department stopped the vehicle at Interstate 10 and the exit of John Martin Road.
Three people were taken into custody -- David Brown, 30, Lionel Biggs, 28, and Jovanni Rubin, 20. A fourth man escaped, according to investigators. He has been identified as James Lindsey, 25 and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. All four men are from the Houston area, according to the Chambers County Sheriff's Office.
"I salute the keen observation and professionalism of Mont Belvieu Police Officer Travis Mendenhall for contacting the sheriff's office and coordinating with the Baytown Police Department to apprehend these career criminals," Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said in a press release.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Chambers County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 409-267-2500.