Kwik Cash robbery suspect out on bond now arrested for assault

By LYNETTE SOWELL
Cove Leader-Press 

22-year-old Christwell Lowell Mathes Jr. was arrested on Sunday in the 1300 block of Parnell Street on a warrant for assault causing bodily injury-family violence by choking and interference with an emergency request for assistance. 
The charges are connected to a December 13 report of a call to the Copperas Cove Police Department, in which an officer responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Phil Avenue. 
This isn’t the first time Mathes has been arrested. He has been out on bond since being arrested for the Sept. 3, 2017 burglary and theft of 26 handguns from Kwik Cash Pawn. 
Only one of the stolen handguns has been recovered, according to the store’s owner.
Mathes’ arrest last fall came about after an investigation into the burglary and theft conducted by the Copperas Cove Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, together announced a reward in September to find information that would lead to an arrest in connection with the Kwik Cash Pawn burglary. 
Video of the robbery showed a black male, later identified as Mathes, entering the store, taking handguns from the display cases, and placing them in a bag.
Both organizations offered up to $5,000 for a total reward of up to $10,000 at that time. 
When arrested in September, Mathes was charged with burglary of a building, theft of a firearm, and received a total of $30,000 in bonds for each charge. 
He currently is not listed on the Coryell County jail roster in connection with any of his charges. 

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