Athens man arrested for stealing from store near Austin High

Sept. 15 – An Athens man charged with robbing a victim at gunpoint from a convenience store near Austin High this morning is also a suspect in the Limestone County crimes, Decatur police say .

Richard J. Fralix, 30, has been charged with first degree robbery for the incident at Snackers at 3030 Modaus Road SW. He remained in Morgan County Jail this afternoon on $100,000 bond.

Decatur police were notified around 7 a.m. of the robbery at Snackers and said the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police did not say whether the victim was a customer or a clerk. Police said they issued an alert for the suspect’s car and it was at the Valero gas station in Alabama 24 where Fralix was arrested without incident.

Fralix “also had property from other crimes in Limestone County,” a statement from Decatur police said. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and Athens Police were contacted and obtained warrants, the statement said.

Decatur Assistant Superintendent of Schools Dwight Satterfield said police did not advise a lockdown at Austin High because the school did not open until 8:30 a.m.

“Even if (the theft) happened during school, more than likely we would not have gone into lockdown unless we had information that the individual was on our campus,” Satterfield said. .

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