Police seek triple robbery suspects

November 12, 2009 3:53:48 PM PST
A group of violent robbers are on the loose, accused of three separate attacks in the same night and police say they need your help to catch them. Police tell us they've exhausted all leads. They hope releasing surveillance video and photos of one of the suspects might generate some new leads. They say based on the suspects' behavior, it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

Two weeks ago, a woman working at a north Houston motel got the scare of her life when an armed thief tried to rob her.

"They had come to the window and tried to ask her for her money and she told them, 'No,'" said Cynthia Segeada of the Astro Inn Motel.

A surveillance camera captured the crime as it unfolded.

"I guess they thought it was bullet proof so he put the gun under the window and it went off and shot up in the air," said Segeada.

The bullet ricocheted and went into the ceiling. The suspect, who was wearing an Astros sweatshirt, ran away. While the clerk was not hurt, the incident was one of three armed robberies that night committed, police say, by the same four suspects. All of the incidents took place within 90 minutes of each other on the night of October 30. In all three cases, the victims were either shot at or beat up after the fact.

"That tells me that if they ever do get into a circumstance where it's one-on-one with no bullet-proof glass and they're not driving away quickly, there is going to be someone hurt," said Officer Condon of the Houston Police Department.

At 8pm, a man walking near the 1400 block of Cress was robbed of his sneakers, cell phone, and wallet which contained $1,000 cash. At 9:15pm, two people were robbed as they were taking money out of a drive-thru ATM. Fifteen minutes later, the cashier at the Astro Inn Motel was shot at when she refused to hand over the money.

"Hopefully they won't come back anymore. They were pretty young kids from what I heard. Hopefully they can get rid of them so it won't happen again," said Segeada.

The suspects are believed to be between 18 and 20 years old.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. 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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