Manhunt continues for robbery suspects, 4 in custody

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A manhunt for suspects tied to an armed robbery at a fast food restaurant in Spring fired back up after a carjacking late Monday night.

Four people--three men and a woman--were already in custody when authorities got a report of a carjacking on North Vista. They believe it might have been linked to an earlier robbery.

Around 5:15 p.m. they received a call for an armed robbery at the Jack-in-the-Box on Cypresswood at I-45. Witnesses reported three males -- two with handguns and one with a long gun -- jumped over the counters and demanded cash from the registers. They also tried to access the safe. They fled with around $200.

Shortly after, a citizen reported suspicious people leaving a vehicle at Lujuana at Cypresswood. That vehicle, a red Honda Civic, was found abandoned. It's believed to have been the getaway car and taken during a carjacking on Friday.

Residents who live in the Oaks of Devonshire and Enchanted Oaks subdivision in Spring were asked by the Harris Co. Precinct 4 Constable's Office to stay in their homes while they searched the areas for suspects.

The four suspected robbers were found hiding in the woods behind the neighborhood.

Late Monday, investigators said two others might have managed to escape the earlier manhunt when they received a call about another carjacking. A chase led them to the North Freeway and FM 1960 where a perimeter was set up and another search was underway.

Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) believe this robbery crew may be responsible for at least a dozen armed robberies in Northwest Harris County.

"My guys are working fast and furious to pair cases together. I believe that they're going to be involved in quite a few. So this was a good capture," said Lt. Jeff Stauber with HCSO's Robbery Division.

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