Deputies arrest three after purse snatching in bar

Deputies arrived at the bar to find patrons holding down one robbery suspect, but the other two took longer to arrest
March 20, 2014 8:11:53 PM PDT
Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies have arrested and charged three men with robbery in at least two separate robberies in west Harris County. Deputies were called to Draft Picks Sports Bar in the 17000 block of FM 529 at Queenston Blvd at around 11:45pm Wednesday.

As deputies arrived, they found bar patrons were holding down one of the suspects identified as Patrick Ridioux, 21, after he and two other suspects allegedly punched a woman inside the bar and stole her purse.

"One of the guys snatched a purse and the other guy snatched a phone and they ran out," the bar's owner, Josie Garcia, said.

The other two robbers, now identified by authorities as Kethus Byrd, 24, and Julian Marino, 25, fled in a vehicle along FM 529. Deputies were able to locate the car, but the suspects refused to stop and fled, with deputies in pursuit.

The vehicle stopped at Fry Road and FM 529, and deputies say Byrd and Marino bailed out and ran off. The two then jumped a residential fence and hid in the backyard. Deputies set a perimeter around the area and brought in K9 units.

Deputies searched the yard and found both suspects. While deputies were taking Byrd into custody, Marino reportedly fled again over a fence and ran along the street where he was arrested hiding under a car.

These three defendants also reportedly matched the description of suspects who robbed two victims as they walked from the Walmart at 15900 FM 529 and Lakeview Haven earlier that evening. The victims were returning to their apartment when three suspects stopped their vehicle and ran over to the male and female, and began beating the male. Then they fled with the victims' cell phones, groceries and video game station.

Ridioux and Byrd are charged with two counts each of robbery with bodily injury, and Marino is charged with robbery with bodily injury and evading detention.

Meanwhile, the robbery has been the top at the sports bar, and how Ridioux perhaps got off easy.

"They're lucky we didn't have more regulars here because it probably would have been worse," Garcia said.

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