Nearly two dozen accused in alleged bank robbery ring

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Nearly two dozen people are accused in what officials are calling an organized crime ring.

In March 2014, law enforcement started investigating sophisticated aggravated bank robberies that took place in multiple jurisdictions in the greater Houston area. The robberies involved multiple armed suspects using stolen vehicles, and in some cases, shots fired. Authorities say similar bank robberies were extremely violent in nature and resulted in injuries to citizens.

A joint multi-agency investigation of these incidents began, involving the Houston Police Department's Westside and Northeast Tactical Units, Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Pasadena Police Department, FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, Texas Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

The joint investigation determined the organized crime ring operated from the Homestead and Tidwell area in northeast Houston and focused on bank robberies. The suspects are also possibly linked to various other incidents.

The U. S. Attorney's Office and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force has also begun assisting in the ongoing investigation, with other possible suspects being sought. Many of the suspects have multiple felony charges pending.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents or other possible suspects is urged to contact local law enforcement or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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