Neck Tattoo Acts as Calling Card Leading to Arrest of Armed Robbery Bandit


SAN ANTONIO – A man with a distinct neck tattoo wanted on several felony warrants and suspected in a string of restaurant robberies was arrested after a chase Friday afternoon on the Southeast Side, reported 

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Steve Joyner, 19, has a distinct tattoo across his neck with the script “TAY.” He was apprehended on a warrant for aggravated robbery and could face more charges, Officer Douglas Greene, a San Antonio Police Department spokesman, said.

“Hell, naw, man,” Joyner responded when asked by media if he admitted to the robbery as he was being led by police to a vehicle heading to jail from the police station at 555 Academic Court.

He then called for the freedom of his little brother in explicit language, adding that he “loved his (woman),” and that he was the “realest 19 year old you’re gonna know.”

Greene said that Joyner was the passenger of a vehicle that police pulled over in the 4700 block of Pecan Valley.

He ran, but was caught 10 minutes later in the 3400 block of East Southcross Boulevard by officers with SAPD’s Street Crimes unit and the U.S. Marshals Task Force, officials said.

Additional charges

In addition to robbery, he is also facing charges, which include evading arrest and unlawful carrying of a weapon when a handgun was found after the chase, Greene said.

Joyner and an accomplice are accused of robbing Church’s Chicken in February, police said. He had been the subject of a Crime Stoppers poster following the heist.

The same restaurant was robbed at gunpoint several times after by two masked men, police said.

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It was Joyner’s “pretty distinct’ tattoo on his neck that says “TAY” that helped police in receiving tips on his whereabouts, Greene said.

“We took those leads as well (with) the surveillance footage that we have of Mr. Joyner and witness information … to have warrants issued for his arrest,” Greene said.

Joyner was also wanted on a warrant out of Guadalupe County, but details of the accusation were unavailable Friday night.

The driver of the vehicle pulled over by police is also being questioned, although police have not arrested him. However, they said he could face charges in the case.


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