Clown mask-wearing robbers linked to up to 7 attacks around W. Houston during one morning, HPD says

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Clown mask-wearing robbers linked to up to 7 W. Houston attacks: HPD
Houston police are pinning up to seven attacks on a group of clown mask-wearing robbers.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Robbers wearing scary clown masks and carrying guns spent early Sunday morning terrorizing people on Houston's west side.

ABC13 found four cases linked to the same robbery crew, but one victim said Houston police told him they are investigating as many as seven.

"It's really bad," the 43-year-old man said. "I didn't think I would be here right now."

He requested anonymity because he still fears his attackers.

"Did you think he was going to shoot you?" ABC13 reporter Jessica Willey asked.

"Yeah, I squinted my eyes several times," he said.

The man said he was walking home at about 5:30 a.m. on Meadowglen at Briar Park, when a white vehicle pulled up next to him.

He tried to run, but two people jumped out of the backseat with guns and tackled him. They were wearing scary clown masks, he said.

They kicked him and held the guns to his head. One of the robbers kneeled down and raised his mask. The victim thought he was about to die.

"I watch movies. The only time they raise their mask is when they're not going to leave you alive," he said.

The crooks took his cell phone and $70. The victim then called 911.

"When I called that morning to make the report, the officer told me I was the third one," he said.

In fact, the robbery spree started at about 3:45 a.m. and lasted several hours, according to Houston police reports. The robbers targeted people at locations in west Houston.

In each one, the victims were alone and the suspects wore clown masks and carried guns. Sometimes, they pepper-sprayed their victims. The robbers are believed to be in their teens.

The victim said what's most frightening is that during his ordeal, it seemed as though the crooks took pleasure in his fear.

"It was like a game with guns and life. To them, it's nothing but a game. So, it's extremely important they're caught and taken off the street," he said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Houston police or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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