Deputies say the five men walked into the Super Quick on Woodforest near Dell Dale around 11:45pm Friday. Workers at the store and neighbors say they are on high alert right now knowing three of those masked gunmen are still on the streets.
"They said, 'Give me more money, more money or I'm going to shoot you,'" said store clerk Heumyun Ahmed.
Ahmed and his cousin were just about to close the place when five masked gunmen rushed inside demanding money and threatening to kill the clerks.
A quick-thinking customer alerted deputies to the robbery but not before the gunmen locked Ahmed and his cousin in the store's restroom. Those robbers ran off.
Deputies say they were able to apprehend one suspect who was hiding under a car at a nearby auto shop. Another was found trying to hide under a rubber mat at a home.
Ahmed says he recognized one of the thieves as a regular customer.
"We said to them, 'Don't shoot me. I have a child. Don't shoot me. Whatever you need, just take it,'" said Ahmed.
There is no word on what they took, and officials have not released descriptions of the three suspects who escaped.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.