- San Antonio Police Department
- Incident Report
- Investigating Officer: Sgt. Fred Nunez
- Incident Reported: 10/9/97, 6:09 a.m.
- Incident Address: Callaghan Road Exxon, 6127
Callaghan Rd, San Antonio
- Victim's name: Phyllis and Jackson Sutterton Age: 56,
- Address: 3310 Covington Lane, Dallas
- Vehicle Description: 1993 Ford Econoline van, white,
Texas lic. #KJD-295
- Suspect: Edward Pierce (W-12797)
- Description of Incident:
- Dispatch received a 911 call from Jackson Sutterton
at 6:09 a.m. Mr. Sutterton reported that his car had just
been stolen from a filling station on Callaghan Road. I
was patrolling in the area and responded to the call.
- I found Mr. and Mrs. Sutterton waiting in the
employee break room at the rear of the station. Mr.
Sutterton explained that he and his wife had been in San
Antonio visiting friends, and were just about to start
the return trip home. Mr. Sutterton had been driving and
pulled into the station at about 6 a.m.
- Mr. Sutterton said he left the keys in the ignition
when he went into the station mini-mart to buy some
breakfast snacks and juice while Mrs. Sutterton pumped
gas. Mr. Sutterton said there was one other person ahead
of him in line for the cashier and estimated he was in
the mini-mart for about 10 minutes. When he exited, Mr.
Sutterton said he saw a man climbing into the drivers
seat of the vehicle and turning the ignition, with Mrs.
Sutterton standing nearby "in obvious shock and
- Mr. Sutterton described the man as being tall and
thin, wearing a bright green and aqua blue Hawaiian shirt
and jeans, but could not recall details about the type of
footwear the suspect was wearing.
- Mr. Sutterton ran toward the vehicle and shouted at
the man, who drove the vehicle rapidly out of the
station, turning right onto Callaghan Road. Mr. Sutterton
immediately informed the attendant at the station, who
lent Mr. Sutterton the station telephone to place the 911
- Mrs. Sutterton said that she took the keys out of the
ignition to unlock the gas cap cover of the van and was
holding them in her pocket while she pumped the gas. She
said while she was pumping gas she had been looking
around and saw the perpetrator walking toward the
station. She said she noticed the suspect because of a
slight limp in his gait, but otherwise didn't see
anything unusual and did not feel wary of the individual.
Mrs. Sutterton said that she had finished pumping and was
returning the pump nozzle to its holder when the suspect
approached her in the space between the pump and the
driver's side of the van and "acted very menacing." Mrs.
Sutterton said the man shouted at her to give him the
keys and threatened to "slit your belly and rip out your
guts" if she refused. Mrs. Sutterton said she was
extremely frightened and gave the man the keys, at which
point he rushed past her into the van, started the
ignition, and drove away.
- At this point Mrs. Sutterton became very upset and
explained that they had been on a week's visit and all
the luggage was still in the van. She estimated the value
of the luggage and clothing to be over $1,000.
- Mr. Sutterton said that he had paid for $12 worth of
gas and that the van had about a quarter of a tank before
fueling. He said the van usually got about 19 miles to
- Follow-up investigation: I immediately contacted
dispatch and reported details regarding the vehicle, but
no further sightings of the vehicle were reported. It is
my belief that the perpetrator left the city limits
immediately via route 410 or 10.
- I spoke with the attendant, J R Coffey, 18. He said
he didn't see the incident occur because he was helping
the customer who had been waiting in line behind Mr.
Sutterton, and added that he hadn't noticed anyone
loitering near the station before the incident. He said
the station is usually busy in the mornings because of
commuters. I asked Mr. Coffey whether there was a
security camera on the premises, to which he answered in
the affirmative. I secured the videotape for viewing at
- I proceeded to the UT Health Center, where the
emergency room staff reported no admissions or visits
from anyone matching the description of the perpetrator.
- Upon my return to the police station, I met again
with Mr. and Mrs. Sutterton. I asked both of them to
attempt to identify the suspect from photographs. While
Mr. Sutterton was unable to pinpoint anyone, Mrs.
Sutterton immediately chose the photograph of Edward
Pierce, an escaped murder suspect from Mississippi. I
questioned her at some length as to whether she was
certain of the identification. She was at first adamant
about the issue, but then said she had been "extremely
upset" at the time and might not have remembered the
details 100 percent. At that point the Suttertons'
friends arrived to pick them up. Mr. Sutterton said they
would probably fly back to Dallas the next day.
- I reviewed the video tape provided by Mr.Coffey.
After examining the video several times, I determined
that the perpetrator did in fact resemble Edward Pierce,
and I contacted federal agent Stremcha, who questioned me
about details of the theft and the video. I agreed to
cooperate in his investigation and have been directed to
forward a copy of all reports and evidence regarding the
case to him.
- F. Nunez