Thursday, July 16, 2020

Bank Robbery Suspect Robs Bank; Blames Covid Virus

Houston Crime Stoppers, the FBI Violent Crime Task Force and the Houston Police Robbery Division need the public's assistance identifying the suspect responsible for a robbery by threat. 

On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at around 9:00 am, an unknown male entered the Woodforest National Bank, located at 9700 Hillcroft Avenue, in Houston, Texas. The male entered the bank just after it opened with his face concealed. He approached an open teller station and said he needed to make a withdrawal and handed the teller a folded up piece of notebook paper. The teller unfolded the paper and found the suspect had written, "I didn't get a stimulus or that 10k loan. I lost my business to Covid so please make this easy and comply. I don't wanna hurt nobody but will if I have to. Any suspicious moves and I will start shooting so please go get my money. Don't make anything noticeable!" The teller stated the suspect also made a verbal demand for cash. The teller did not see a weapon, but felt in fear for her life and safety and gave the suspect and undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect grabbed the cash in both hands and ran from the location. No vehicle was observed. Houston PD # 896941-20 

From surveillance images and witness descriptions, the suspect is described as a black male, 30 to 39 years old, around 6’0”, and a large frame.  The suspect wore a black bandana over his face, a black hoodie pulled over his head, a black True Religion brand “letterman” jacket with a red “02” and “TR” on the front and a red and white “TR” with TRUE RLGN written inside the letters and a gray wild cat on the back, and black pants. 

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