HPD: Armed man wanted in back-to-back Katy restaurant robberies arrested after police chase crash 

HOUSTON — A man accused of robbing two fast-food restaurants back-to-back was arrested after a police chase ended with a crash late Wednesday night in Katy, Houston Police Department investigators said.

Shortly before the stroke of midnight, police said the man robbed a Jack In the Box on Hempstead Highway, and 30 minutes later, a Whataburger on Long Point Road at gunpoint. In both incidents Houston investigators said he managed to escape.

While Houston police were putting out a description of the suspected robber and his vehicle, a Spring Valley Police Department officers were trying to stop the suspect for running a red light.

"They attempted to stop the vehicle (and) the vehicle refused to stop. They heard to HPD description on the radio and put two and two together,"

The Spring Valley officers chased the car westbound down the Katy Freeway and all the way to Highway 6, where investigators said the suspect got onto the highway's feeder road. Running red light after red light, officers said the accused robber eventually smashed into the back end of a slower moving white van near Memorial Brook Boulevard.

Police moved quickly — arresting the suspect before searching his vehicle. Officer said the pistol reportedly used in the robbery was found on the car's front seat.

The suspect faces aggravated robbery and felony evading charges, police said.

Investigators said the driver of the van was not hurt.