Houston police apprehended three teenagers and are searching for multiple others accused of robbing multiple residents at gunpoint along White Oak Bayou early Wednesday evening.
Around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Houston Police Department representative Victor Senties told The Leader that a group of males on bikes robbed two groups in separate incidents along the walking trails in the 2100 block of White Oak.
In one instance, the suspects got into a brief shoving match with a pair of female victims, who initially believed the heist was an elaborate ruse; however, things quickly tuned dire when one of the suspects pulled out a pistol, demanded money and stole one of the women’s cell phones before fleeing.
“Apparently they didn’t initially believe it was a robbery — they told police they thought it was just a joke, so they started shoving back and that’s when it became more contentious,” Senties said.
Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured in either incident.
As officers arrived on scene, Senties said they managed to locate three individuals, who ditched their bikes and attempted to flee the scene on foot into a wooded area near the trails. After several failed verbal attempts to get the suspects to surrender, officers pursued them on foot, eventually catching them with assistance from the FOX helicopter and K-9 units, and took them into custody. Authorities also recovered a revolver at the scene.
All three males captured are said to be 13 years old, and will likely be referred to the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department on aggravated robbery charges. Anyone with information on the additional suspects should contact the Houston Police Department.