HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A man and woman were robbed by four men in ski masks, but even after the suspects got what they wanted, they pistol-whipped and shot the man, Houston police said.
Alejandro Cabello is stable and should recover, according to HPD, who are still looking for the masked men behind this crime.
It happened at about 1 a.m. Tuesday on Westward Street near Hillcroft in southwest Houston.
Any Aguilar, who was not injured in this incident, has been in this country for eight years but said this is the third time she's been robbed in Houston.
Video from Tuesday morning showed Aguilar talking with police after four masked men shot Cabello, a man she had just met, and robbed them both. Half a day later, she still couldn't figure out where they came from as she recounted what happened before the ambush.
Aguilar told ABC13 she was out at a club to tell people in the area about her new car washing business. She said she eventually decided to go check on her car parked down the street and asked Cabello to walk with her.
Then, she said, the masked men appeared out of nowhere, jumped out of a black car, and robbed them. When she tried to get their license plate number, she said someone shot three times out of the passenger's side of the car. They were aiming toward her, but Cabello was the one who got hit.
"(Cabello) was shot one time, and he also sustained a head injury after being pistol-whipped," HPD Sgt. Jason Hill said.
The men got away with their phones and their money. It contributed to a persistent problem over the last few years. Our ABC13 Neighborhood Safety Tracker shows there were 235 robberies in the area in 2022. There have been 230 in the last 12 months, but Aguilar said what she lost can be replaced.
She thanked God she's still alive and that Cabello wasn't hurt any worse. Investigators are still searching for evidence or information leading to the men responsible. Aguilar said she hoped they would be found and arrested before making a victim out of anyone else.