BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Boca Raton CVS was allegedly robbed by a man with a kitchen knife. That man, Enrique Vargas-Torres, then fled the store. He was picked up by police a short time later.
This is the official police report narrative, obtained by BocaNewsNow.com.
On July 13, 2021 at approximately 1210 hours, I responded to cvs at 520 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival, I made contact with the manager who advised that she was made aware of a suspicious person that had just walked into the store. The manager walked towards aisle 4 just as the offender, W / M Enrique Vargas-Torres, began walking towards her on the aisle. The manager stepped to the side and said “oh, I’m sorry” and said hello. She said Vargas-Torres did not speak, but showed what she described as a steak knife with a wooden handle and pointed it at her. She took several steps back and he walked past her, around the cosmetic aisle and walked outside. She noted that he was approximately two feet away when this interaction occurred.
She noticed a drink in one hand and a flavored drink additive container in the other. She noticed when he left the store, she did not see anything in his hands from him. However, the manager added that she believes he put the items in her pockets from her. The manager described feeling scared and upset when the knife was pointed at her.
A review of the surveillance footage shows Vargas-Torres initially walking into CVs. A separate camera shows Vargas-Torres grabbing a drink from the refrigerated aisle and then walking off camera. The surveillance footage then shows Vargas-Torres walking around the cosmetic aisle towards the exit, as previously described by the manager. It should be noted that the actual interaction with the manager and Vargas-Torres is not captured on camera.
Shortly afterward after discovering him walking in the area of 100 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, which is approximately .4 miles away from CVS. Vargas-Torres matched the description, including clothing, hat, and carrying a white mesh bag, as was previously described by the manager and depicted on surveillance footage. For officer safety, Vargas-Torres was frisked for weapons, at which time two kitchen style knives were found on his person, one with the brown wooden handle as previously described by Foster.
It should be noted that search incident to arrest failed to yield any money or other means of paying for the merchandise. The drink and drink additive container were not found. A show-up was conducted by (police led to a positive identification).
Vargas-Torres initially denied ever even being in CVs, but eventually changed his story that he may have gone in to buy something. Vargas-Torres stated that he carries a knife with him because he is a chef. Vargas-Torres (fluctuated) throughout the entire interview between admitting that he pulled out a knife and never pulling out a knife. He đenied taking any drugs or any other substance that would effect his memory of him, but repeatedly stated that he did not remember the incident.
Based upon the veracity of Foster`s statement, coupled with Vargas-Torres admission of having a knife and being in the store with no means of purchasing the items he was gathering, there is probable cause to charge him with Armed Robbery and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
Enrique Vargas-Torres was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail where he remains Friday morning. Bond is set at $30,000.
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