A Killeen man pleaded guilty and was sentenced in the 426th Judicial District Court on Monday on two felony charges after police said he robbed a smoke shop and then led them on a chase.
Seth Aaron Kaplan, 53, was sentenced to 4 years in prison on the charges of robbery and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, said Adela Gomez with the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.
Police were dispatched on Aug. 6, 2018, to a smoke shop in the 4200 block of East Stan Schlueter Loop in reference to a robbery. Two women were working at the store when a man entered and stated, “I’m robbing you” and that he wanted money, according to the arrest affidavit.
One woman said that before she could give the man money he shoved her into a corner. The other woman in the store “yelled at the man and tried to fight the man, but the man grabbed both women by the hair and (dragged) them to the back of the store where he stated that he would kill them if they did not give him money,” police said.
The women fought back, with one calling the police while the other hit him in the head with a bottle, and the man ran out and drove away, police said.
An officer observed a vehicle matching the description and he activated his lights and sirens but the “pickup truck continued to drive and reached speeds on Elms Road…of 102 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone,” according to the affidavit.
Police said the vehicle drove through a field and reached 94 miles per hour before turning into the parking area where several people were walking.
The vehicle continued onto the interstate and through Harker Heights and Nolanville.
“The pickup truck stopped on South Main Street in Nolanville and exited the vehicle and was identified as Kaplan,” according to the affidavit.