Shots fired during north Houston armored car robbery

Masked suspects exchanged gunfire with a guard during an armored car robbery attempt
March 10, 2014 3:06:29 PM PDT
A wild scene erupted when an attempted robbery of an armored car turned into a shootout in north Houston Monday morning.

It happened at about 10:20am at a Chase bank on the North Freeway near the Aldine Bender exit. Four masked suspects wearing hoodies tried to rob an armored car arriving to service the ATM.

Police say all four suspects were armed and when the truck arrived, they began shooting. A second guard who was in the passenger's seat of the truck jumped out and returned fire.

"One of the armored car guards got out of the vehicle and began engaging with the suspects back, fearing for their lives," said FBI spokesperson Shauna Dunlap.

No one was hit, and the suspects didn't get away with any money. They fled the scene in black car riddled with bullet holes. Although the would-be robbers got away, they didn't go very far. An HPD tactical unit saw the car about 10 miles away and pulled it over.

Dunlap said, "Putting two and two together from the bank robbery call out info and the vehicle description, it did match the vehicle description in the armored car robbery."

Four suspects, two males and two females, were arrested without incident.

So far this year, authorities tell us they've responded to two armored truck robberies and 17 bank robberies in Harris County alone.

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