While the Christmas holidays are a time when families and loved ones gather to enjoy each other’s company, some grinches spoiled the time between Christmas and the New Year for some locals, and remain on the loose following several incidents.
As families and loved ones began gathering to open gifts, it was just getting started. According to the Houston Police Department, units responded to a Jack in The Box on North Shepherd – just down the road from St. Pius X High School – based on reports of an armed robbery shortly before 11 p.m.
Police say employees noticed a man at the door who later stated he was homeless and in need of any assistance possible. Though they could not let him in, authorities said an employee offered the suspect a glass of water through the drive-through window. The encounter soon took a frightening turn, however, as police say the man pointed a gun at the employee and demanded money from the register.
The suspect also attempted to enter the safe before fleeing the scene on foot according to HPD.
Shortly after 8 a.m. Christmas Day, two suspects, dressed all in black and both armed, entered the Valero gas station and convenience store at the corner of West 34th Street and Oak Forest Drive demanding money from the safe according to the clerk on duty. However, the suspects wound up taking just the money from the cash register drawers before fleeing the scene in a dark gray sedan. Bystanders said the vehicle was missing a hubcap on the driver’s side and is damaged on the drivers’ side front according to the Houston Police Department.
Clerks were unable to identify any distinguishing features of the suspects due to the robbers wearing masks and gloves, according to police.
Later that day, shortly after 7 p.m., police say a Walgreen’s in the 1700 block of East T.C. Jester was hit by the robbery spree, unfolding in an unusual manner. Police say one suspect entered the store inquiring about the availability of security on the premises before briefly – and suspiciously – leaving the store and re-entering. All the while, the suspect – described only a black male – attempted to provoke the employee by yelling at them across the store before robbing the register as soon as the store was clear of customers and fleeing the scene on foot according to HPD.
Shortly before 6:30 p.m., police say one armed suspect entered a Cricket Wireless store near Independence Heights in the 5300 block of the North Freeway, demanding money from the register. The one clerk on-site obliged before the suspect – described only as a black male in his early 20s — fled the scene on foot.
As always, anyone with information on any of these cases or suspects is encouraged to call the Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-521-4600.
BB gun shooters affecting Heights drivers
Finally, Dec. 27., media reports surfaced of several drivers in the Heights experiencing having their car windows hit by pellets from a BB gun.
According to a report from KTRK, more than a dozen drivers have been affected near 13th Street and Durham in the Heights, with incidents ranging from several months back to just a few days prior during the height of the Christmas season. Residents told KTRK it is impossible to not think about it each time they drive the stretch of road. However, while authorities have received multiple reports of such happenings, no information was available as of press time on any possible suspects.