Two suspects in custody after armed robbery spree in north Houston

April 30, 2013 4:11:26 PM PDT
Investigators believe two men are responsible for a morning of terror for a handful of people after a series of five robberies in north Houston.

The suspects hit several spots along the North Freeway before being caught off Little York.

It was early Tuesday morning when "Mike," who could be seen in surveillance video, was pumping gas at the Chevron on T.C. Jester and West Little York. He was in the middle of sending a text message when a white work van drove up.

"I saw them coming up around the peripheral of my vision and a gentleman jumped out ran at me," Mike said.

That's when he says he saw a gun.

"Used some expletives and said, 'Give me your keys.' I handed him my keys as fast as I could," he said.

"He said, 'Give me your phone.' I handed him my phone and at that point I thought he was going to shoot me for sure the way he had the gun pointed at me," said Mike.

The video shows his hands up as he pleads for his life.

"'Please don't shoot. Just please don't shoot. I've got a wife and children. Please don't,' And he grabbed my stuff and turned around and ran off," he said.

Not before taking Mike's keys, cell phone, then checking his car. A Harris County Precinct 1 deputy constable caught up with the two suspects a short time later.

"There is stolen credit cards, there is stolen license," said Alan Rosen with the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office.

They discovered an array of stolen purses, wallets, marijuana and bullets, but no guns.

Authorities believes the duo used two stolen vans to go on an armed robbery spree that began around 6am when authorities say they held up an employee at a Whataburger on I-45 and Little York, then a customer at a nearby Gulf station before holding up a worker at The Dump furniture store on West Road, then targeting Mike.

"They came up to a lady at The Dump earlier and actually had her get down on the ground and beg for her life. They didn't do that to me, but he was within a foot and had the gun to me," Mike said.

Police arrested 18-year-old Anibal Olivo and 23-year-old Mario Torres. Both are charged with three counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

Officers say the suspects might be linked to several robberies in Harris County and in Houston, specifically Oak Forest. The men may be working with other people, and may have used multiple vehicles, including a while van, so officers are still investigating.


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