Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department’s Robbery Division need the public's assistance identifying the suspects responsible for an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
On Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 9:45 am, the complainant stated that he had withdrawn a large sum on money from a Hamni Bank ATM located at 5910 Hillcroft, in Houston, Texas. The complainant is the owner of a Chevron in the Southwest side of Houston and withdrew the money to replenish his ATM located inside his store.
The complainant arrived to his store and parked his vehicle at the gas pumps. The complainant then placed his money bag under his armpit as he walked towards his store. The complainant was suddenly approached by a male, who attempted to grab the money bag and then pushed him to the ground. The complainant threw the bag away from the first suspect as he was on the ground. A second suspect then picked the money bag up and got into the backseat of gray Kia Optima with paper tags and fled the scene. HPD case #612290-19
It is possible that the suspects had been following the complainant days prior to the incident and had become familiar with his routine.
Suspect descriptions: Suspect #1: Black male, 5’7 to 5’8, 140 to 150 pounds, green hoodie and black pants. Suspect #2: Black male, 5’10 5o 5’11, 180 to 190 pounds, gray hoodie and blue jeans.
Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org
The Houston Police Robbery Division would like to provide some situational awareness tips in order to help avoid being a victim of a crime such as this:
Things to be aware of when banking:
· Occupied vehicles backed into parking spaces with a clear view of the front door of the bank, ATM or commercial drive thru
· Vehicles arriving at the bank with no occupants entering the bank
· Vehicles changing periodically parking spaces
· Vehicles with multiple occupants
How can you protect yourself?
· Always be aware of your surroundings
· Conceal money before leaving the bank. Never openly carry bank bags, envelopes or coin boxes
· Be aware of anyone following you from the bank
· If you suspect that you are being targeted, call 911 from your cell phone and keep the dispatcher informed of the location, the direction you are traveling, and drive toward a police station until marked police cars are able to locate you.
· Do not leave or try to hide your bank bag or bank envelope in your vehicle when you exit at your next destination, even if it’s your residence.