Woman robbed, pistol whipped in Katy neighborhood; reportedly third attack this month

A woman was robbed by a gunman in front of her daughter. And neighbors say this isn't the first attack in their area
January 30, 2014 2:56:27 PM PST
A woman in Katy was attacked and robbed by a gunman in front of her young daughter Wednesday night. And as we talked to neighbors, we learned this isn't the first attack in their area.

This is the third aggravated robbery involving guns in the Estates of Highland Creek in just the last 30 days. The victims, all female, were surprised by men who come out of nowhere and put guns to their heads.

The latest attack happened around 7:30pm Wednesday night. A usual run to the mailbox quickly turned into an armed robbery.

"Everything was so fast," the victim tells Eyewitness News. "'Give me your (expletive) purse. I don't want to kill you.'"

She struggled with her attacker. She says the suspect used one hand to reach for her purse and the other to hold a small loaded automatic handgun to her cheek. Her seven-year-old daughter was in the back seat of the car, yelling for the man to stop.

"'I saw the gun. I saw the gun,'" the victim recalled her daughter saying.

She said she gave up when the man pistol whipped her in the face. A small bruise is left on her cheek. The suspect ran.

"This person comes running through here fast, extremely fast. Fell right there in the middle," neighbor John Fouquette said.

Fouquette saw the suspect face planting near his driveway before getting back up and getting into a getaway car parked nearby.

"I think he dropped his pistol, 'cause he still had the purse in his hand," Fouquette said.

Fouquette says he found a bullet from the suspect's handgun at the spot where he fell. The incident is the third armed robbery in the last 30 days in his neighborhood.

"Unfortunately, we just have to beef up security everywhere. Nobody is immune to any violence these days," Fouquette said.

Some neighbors aren't taking any chances. One man told us he carries a bat and a handgun when he checks his mail.

The victim says she's in pain from struggling with her attacker yet thankful she's still alive and her daughter is safe too.

The man did get away with $450 cash, credit cards, and the victim's IDs.

The Harris County Sheriff'S Office doesn't have much of a suspect description to go on because he was wearing a hoodie and had a bandana over his face.

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