Paul Chenault

The premiere of the latest Star Wars movie in Taylor will be one to remember after the Howard Theatre was robbed Thursday night.

Police arrested Paul Chenault, 42, of Bartlett, after he attempted to rob the movie theatre at gunpoint.

According to police reports, on Dec. 18, at 8:27 p.m. officers responded to a call for a robbery at the Howard Theatre, 308 N. Main St. Employees told police that Chenault put his hand in his pocket in a manner to appear that he had a gun, and demanded employees open the register and give him the money.

Witnesses inside the theatre said that moviegoers inside the theatre rushed towards the exits near the screen to leave the building.

After he received the cash, Chenault apologized and told victims that he had just lost his job and he needed money for Christmas.

As Chenault began to leave, one of the employees noticed he did not have a gun, but instead a phone.

"He threatened them and said he had a gun, but he did not display the weapon," Taylor Police Chief Henry Fluck said. "Later, it turned out that he didn't actually have a gun. He was pretending he had a gun and had a phone in his pocket."

The employee grabbed money from Chenault, and he fled the scene with a small amount.

When police arrived, they were given a description of Chenault as a white male, tall, red beard, wearing a red jacket and blue jeans. Officers also received a description of his vehicle.

Police secured the building and found the red jacket on the sidewalk.

Later, officers found a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot that matched the description of Chenault’s car.

Taylor police and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Chenault without incident.

"We're fortunate and pleased that it resulted in the arrest of the suspect," Fluck said.

While in custody, Chenault confessed to crime and was charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and transported and booked into the Williamson County Jail.

Chenault is still in custody at the Williamson County Jail on a $30,000 bond.

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