The early morning robbery of a popular Ella Boulevard taco shop has stoked fears of an uptick in violent confrontational crimes.
The owner of Maria’s Tacos N More, 5127 Ella Bvd., was forced to hand over cash and her car keys at gunpoint on Saturday morning. Police recovered her Jeep that afternoon and returned it to owner Maria Vizuet after processing it for evidence.
“He came into the kitchen and held a gun to my head, saying ‘Give me the purse! Give me the money!’” Vizuet said. After reports of the robbery circulated on social media websites, she said there was a rush of loyal customers over the weekend checking on her and supporting her with business.
Houston Police Department spokesman Victor Senties said the assailant – still at large as of early this week – was described as a black male in his 20s. Vizuet surmises he is from close by since he walked into the shop and her car was recovered not too far from the Ella and Pinemont location.
In a separate incident last Thursday, May 31, Harris County deputies were dispatched to the 1000 block of Lamonte Lane in reference to a aggravated robbery.
Upon arrival, deputies meet with two victims who stated they were robbed at gun point when they were walking down the street. At 9:45 p.m., both victims, a woman and her adult daughter, were returning from a nearby Walgreens store when a black, four-door sedan drove up beside them and came to a halt.
At that time, a Hispanic Male, mid-20’s, short black hair, 5foot-9 , 150-160 pounds exited the vehicle in an aggressive manner and demanded their wallets and money. The suspect displayed a black semi-automatic pistol as he took their property.
After taking the property from the victims, the suspect re-entered the vehicle and was last seen traveling east bound on Lamonte Lane. A video surveillance camera at a residence in the area was reviewed but did not show any details of the suspect vehicle due to its speed.
Both cases remain under investigation by Houston Police Department.