Alleged Restaurant Robber Goes on Trial

By: KBTX Staff
By: KBTX Staff

The trial is underway for a Bryan man who was shot by police as he allegedly tried to hold up a Mexican restaurant.

Opening arguments began Wednesday in the aggravated robbery trial for Stephen Gilbert.

Gilbert, 32, is accused of robbing the Taqueria Arandas Restaurant in Bryan and taking four employees hostage.

Following opening statements, Bryan police officers and one of the hostages testified for the state. The defense chose not to make an opening statement.

The December 2004 robbery ended in a police shoot-out outside the restaurant, during which Gilbert was wounded by police. Gilbert's alleged accomplice, Michael Hall of Austin, was fatally shot by officers.

If convicted, Gilbert faces up to life in prison.

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