Man wanted in aggravated robbery of smoke shop

January 27, 2012 12:18:11 PM PST
The search is on for a suspect in an aggravated robbery at an area smoke shop.

On January 23 at approximately 11:40pm, authorities say a black male suspect committed an aggravated robbery at a smoke shop located on the 5200 block of Easthampton in north Harris County. The suspect entered the store and inquired about the purchase of a scale. As a store employee approached the counter, the suspect withdrew a pistol and demanded cash from the registers.

The victim, in fear for his life, complied with the suspect's demands and surrendered an undisclosed amount of cash. Additionally, the suspect filled a plastic bag with several boxes of tobacco products and weight scales. He ordered the store employees to lay face down as he fled the scene in a maroon, four-door Toyota.

The suspect is described was a black male, approximately 20-25 years old, around 5 foot 7, weighing 160-180 lbs. He had a goatee and a clear stone earring. At the time of the offense, the suspect wore a gray colored hoodie with black/white/red stripes, jeans and tennis shoes.

Surveillance cameras captured the offense taking place.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect(s) is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to the 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Tips can also be sent by text message. Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.