Man pistol-whipped, teens assaulted after thieves try to take hoverboard

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
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Hoverboards have become a target for thieves, Foti Kallergis reports.

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Hoverboards may have been the hottest item of the holiday season, but now, they may be targets for robbers.

Surveillance video outside of a southwest Houston nightclub on Dec. 3rd captured a man assaulting a valet for his hoverboard. The video shows the club manager jumping in to help the valet, only to get knocked to the ground also. Two women, who were with the suspect, are seen approaching the hoverboard, and stealing it. At least one woman was arrested for the crime.


Just days ago, three teenagers came face to face with an armed robber in southeast Houston.

"We were going to the family dollar on MLK," said Jayme Smith, 14. "He said come up off that hoverboard."

The teens thought the suspect was joking at first, but then they said the man assaulted Roman Taylor,13, and knocked him off his hoveroard. Taylor fried said he jumped in to help, and was pistol whipped by the suspect who ran away with the hoverboard.

In just the past few days, more hoverboard aggravated robberies have been reported around the country. In Atlanta, there was a report of a 16-year old girl who was shot for her hoverboard.