Woman, 60, robbed in her driveway in Sugar Land

January 28, 2010 3:12:51 PM PST
Sugar Land police are asking for help to find a group of men who robbed a woman as she arrived home last week. The woman says she spotted the men following her in a red car just before she was robbed, and now we have video of the suspect's car. Sugar Land police have encouraged more and more neighborhoods to add surveillance cameras near their entrances and exits. Although some worry about the intrusiveness of cameras right outside their homes, police say having footage of a crime or of a suspect coming or going from a crime scene can be critical to solving the case.

Police say surveillance at the entrance of the Eldridge Lake subdivision from last Friday shows a victim in her SUV being followed home by someone in a red Chevy Cobalt.

Cici Liu, 60, says she was confronted by three masked men as she tried to get out of her vehicle.

"I just opened the car like this," she showed us. "Then I tried to close the car."

Liu says the guys, though, forced her out of the vehicle at gunpoint, taking her purse. She was no match for the three of them, even though she says she's been learning kung fu for 7 years.

"I learned kung fu," said Liu. "Very good at kung fu, so I don't know."

The suspects fled without hurting Liu. The vehicle leaving was captured on surveillance footage. Unfortunately, police say the video is helpful, but not good enough to give them a clear view of the suspect's license plate. Lui say the irony is she actually thought she was being followed that night.

"We encourage everyone that if you think you're being followed, not to go to your residence," said Captain Stuart Denton with the Sugar Land Police Department.

Lui says she stopped at the mailboxes in her neighborhood to see what the car behind her would do. It kept going, turning right. So she went home. The suspects caught up with her anyway.

Liu says there's only one solution now.

"I will go to buy the gun this afternoon," she said "I want to buy a gun. I want to shoot them."

Certainly, police won't condone that, but in a way, it's understandable. This is actually the second time in a year that Liu has been robbed at gunpoint in her driveway.

This time, the suspects are described only as African-American, 5'11" to 6 feet tall, wearing black clothing and ski masks. If you have information which can help, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS.