Man arrested in connection to Waco snake stealing incident

POSTED: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 2:13pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 2:14pm

The man accused of stealing four snakes and threatening to kill Waco Petsmart employees has been arrested.

Ramando Hughes, 24, was arrested in the 1000 block of Highway 66, near I-35, close to Waxahachie around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday night, after he lead officers on a high speed chase. DPS joined Itasca police in the chase, ultimately throwing out spikes to arrest Hughes. Itasca police originally attempted to stop Hughes for speeding.

“He was doing 102 miles an hour,” said Itsaca police Detective George Willoughby. “The speed limit was 75.”

Hughes was arrested without incident and taken to Hill County Jail. All four snakes were recovered and returned to Petsmart employees.

According to Sergeant Patrick Swanton of the Waco Police Department, the snake theft occurred around 5:55 p.m. on Wednesday. A thin-build black male, described as 5'8" tall, wearing a black hooded jacket and jeans, walked into the Waco Petsmart store, located at 4600 Franklin Avenue, Suite 200. The male then asked an attendant for snakes, who in turn packaged the two corn snakes, king snake, and python that the man requested. The snakes were taken to the cashier, who asked the man to fill out paperwork. Once the man finished filling out the paperwork, he then reportedly headed out the door, without paying. The cashier tried to stop the man, but he then pulled out a knife.

"He starts displaying the knife in an aggressive manner," said Swanton. "He tells the female clerk not to follow him."

Swanton said the man threatened to kill the clerk or anyone else who tried to follow him. Once outside, the man left in a silver pickup.

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