Shortly after 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3, the Houston Police Department said four suspects allegedly drove a blue or green Nissan Armada up to a man standing in front of a friend’s house on Lehman Street, before a window rolled down and one suspect sitting in the rear seat allegedly drew a gun on the man – demanding his wallet in the process – before turning the gun on the man’s friend and demanding his car keys, wallet, and cell phone and speeding off.
After that, a post on NextDoor said the Armada drove east down Lehman, then took a right on Park Plaza and was gone. Just 30 minutes later, police said, the same group of suspects was allegedly involved in another incident of similar MO about five miles away in the 11000 block of Glaser Street, just past Interstate 45. In this instance, the group allegedly attempted to make off with a man’s vehicle parked in front of his house.
Police say two of the suspects fired off shots in the process of attempting to extricate the man from his car before jumping back in the Armada and fleeing the scene.
None of the victims in these cases were harmed, though all were understandably shaken. And, in the midst of the frightening ordeals, another question arose – what made the suspects so brazen as to attempt armed robberies in broad daylight?
According to police, the victims just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and fell prey to opportunistic thieves.
“These robberies are normally just crimes of opportunity. A thief sees a chance, they’re just going to come out and take it from you,” one HPD spokesperson said.
Per the post on NextDoor, one suspect was identified only as a black male with black hair, while victims were unable to identify any distinguishing features on the remaining suspects, as they were wearing masks. As of press time, no arrests have been made, but HPD’s Robbery Division is currently following up in the ongoing investigation.
If anyone has information on the vehicle or suspects, they are encouraged to contact HPD.