A Candlelight Estates woman is shaken up but safe after she was the victim of an armed robbery Thursday afternoon, and warned neighbors to be vigilant in its aftermath.
According to Houston Police Department spokesperson Victor Senties, officers responded to a robbery call in the 1300 block of Bethlehem Street shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday.
The resident, Lauren Hirshberg, said she had just gotten back from picking up her daughter from school and had her two small children in her car. She stopped momentarily to bring in her trash bin when she heard a voice behind her.
“I turned around to pull the garbage can up, and suddenly someone behind me starts screaming, ‘Give me your keys,’ ” Hirshberg said. “I turned around because I was so confused, and there was a man with a gun.”
Hirshberg said that following her refusal, the armed man retreated to a vehicle, but a second man came up and hit her in the jaw and kicked her. She said he also grabbed her purse off her body. Both men then fled the scene in a car with an unknown make and model.
Hirshberg said she sustained only a few scrapes, and she’s grateful that her children were unharmed. Additionally, she urged her neighbors to remain aware of their surroundings.
“It’s definitely pretty surreal,” she said. “There’s a lot of us coming home with kids throughout the day. … I didn’t think taking in my trash can would be that big of a deal.”
Senties said the suspects are described only as a black male and a white or Hispanic male. Anyone with information on the suspects or who may have captured them on surveillance video is encouraged to call HPD’s robbery division at 713-308-0700.
“This was certainly a crime of opportunity, but it’s been a good reminder to be vigilant,” Hirshberg wrote in a Facebook post about the incident.