One-armed man arrested for aggravated robbery after assault

A one-armed man was arrested by San Angelo Police Sunday evening after he reportedly assaulted a woman and stole her cellphone.

According to the San Angelo Police Department, police were called to the Whataburger at 1830 N. Bryant Blvd., at 5:40 p.m. Sunday, for a suspicious subject with only one arm. When they arrived on scene, officers made contact with 38-year-old Bolivar Newkirk. Officers did not have any reason to detain Newkirk at the time and released him.

Newkirk then reportedly went outside the restaurant, rolled up the window on a vehicle in the parking lot and left on foot behind Whataburger. Officers on scene said they felt this was suspicious as Newkirk had told them that he was on his way to work at McDonald’s and then left walking in the opposite direction.

The officers tried to find Newkirk again but were unsuccessful. Officers contacted the Lowe’s Grocery Store at 1926 N. Bryant Blvd. to see if a man matching the Newkirk’s description was seen entering the store. The employee they spoke to said he had not seen a one-armed man but someone had just reported screaming from the women’s restroom. At that time, the clerk told the officer that a one-armed man was running out of the front of the store. Officers responded but were unable to locate Newkirk.

SAPD officers then made contact with a female victim who reported she had been assaulted by a one-armed man in the restroom. Additionally, she told them the man had taken her cellphone from her. The victim received minor injuries.

Detective J Russell responded to the scene to conduct an investigation. During the investigation, Newkirk was seen walking in the unit block of West 18th Street where responded and took him into custody without incident.

Newkirk was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and booked for aggravated robbery. The incident is currently under investigation and there is no further information for release at this time, according to police.