String of armed robberies leaves neighbors on alert

A carjacking, a violent home invasion and an armed robbery have neighbors in several Houston-area communities are on high alert
January 29, 2014 2:22:02 PM PST
A carjacking, a violent home invasion and an armed robbery have neighbors in several Houston-area communities are on high alert. Investigators from at least two law enforcement agencies believe a string of armed robberies Wednesday morning may be connected.

Detectives say Pasadena police, Precinct 2 Constable's Office and Houston police are each investigating cases involving the same possible suspects from a string of robberies Wednesday morning.

There's a big reason the Rock family's changing every lock in their home in southeast Houston right now.

"I'm nervous that they may come back and try to rob us," victim Laurie Rock said.

Rock says a couple of unknown thieves ambushed her husband in their driveway on Sagebluff around 4:30am Wednesday. The crooks carjacked the man while he was warming up his truck to head to work.

"A guy came to the driver side with, and a 357, banged on the window and said, 'Get out,'" Rock said.

Rock says the robbers patted her husband down, demanded his wallet and cell phone. Then drove off in the couple's Chevrolet Silverado.

"There were two male, Asian males, around 18 to 20 years old," she said.

Pasadena police say that's the same description and motive of the thieves who terrorized and robbed a woman inside her home about 7am just a short distance away on Bower Crest.

That emotional victim who didn't want to talk on-camera told Eyewitness News the crooks snuck into her house and held her at gunpoint just moments after her husband left to run an errand.

The husband told us he believes he saw the suspects walking away from his home as he was driving up.

The family says the robbers took the woman's wedding ring and some other items before rushing from the neighborhood.

"We work and we try to have a good life, and people want to take what we have and we're trying to just make it like everybody else," Rock said.

Investigators say they're now looking into possible connections to at least three early morning robberies.

And until the thieves are arrested, the victims say they're beefing up security.

"We're changing everything out," Rock said.

All the victims say they're all pretty shaken up right now but weren't physically harmed.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at (713) 222-TIPS (8477).

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to the 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of the suspect in this case. Tips can also be sent by text message. Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.

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