Fender bender turns into robbery

July 24, 2009 9:43:39 PM PDT
A woman thought she was pulling over to exchange information after an accident on the road, but it turns out the accident was staged only to get her out of her car. Moments later, she became a crime victim. The woman said she was in the neighborhood looking at homes when she was rear-ended at a stop sign. The accident itself did only minor damage, but what happened next left her terrified.

"It was scary. I have to be honest with you, it was a scary moment," said the victim, who did not want to be identified.

It is a reaction most people would have after being robbed at gunpoint, but for this Harris County woman, her ordeal was nothing most people have ever seen. It was an incident so terrifying she asked we not show her face.

"This definitely opened my eyes a little bit more," she said.

The woman said was driving along Blackhawk Boulevard Monday afternoon when she noticed a white Ford Taurus driving close behind her. Passing it off as coincidence, she said she continued on her route driving into the subdivision where she stopped at this stop sign.

"I made a complete stop and that's when they hit the back of my car," she said.

The victim said two of the three passengers in the car got out, and at first appeared apologetic, but as she inspected her bumper, she would learn that was all a facade.

"When I looked up, the third guy in the back seat was right there in front of me with a gun pointed to my chest," she said.

The suspects then demanded her purse and money which she gave up freely. She said the three suspects only fled after another vehicle drove by.

"We just got to look out for them. These guys are getting clever," said Deputy Raymond DeLeon of the Precinct 2 Constables Office.

Authorities are looking into the possibility these three suspects may be connected to a series of robberies in the area. They fear they will strike again.

"These are people obviously taking advantage of a situation," said Deputy DeLeon.

For the victim, she fears if they strike again, the next victim won't be as fortunate.

"If they get nervous, they could have killed someone and I'm very lucky to have lived," she said.

The victim describes the suspects as Hispanics, two males and one female, between the ages of 16 and 22 years old. She said the female was the driver of the white Taurus.

Police ask anyone with information about this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS or log on to Crime-Stoppers.org.

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