Houston police are searching for three men involved in the fatal robbery of an armored truck Thursday afternoon outside an area fast-food restaurant.
Houston Police Department Assistant Chief Pedro Lopez told reporters at the scene that the male passenger of a Loomis armored truck, identified Friday as 68-year-old Francis Hazzard, was shot in the face and killed after walking out of the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at 5026 Antoine Dr. at about 1:40 p.m. Lopez said the Loomis security guard, who was bringing a bag of money from the restaurant to the truck, was approached by three black males who had their faces covered and were carrying guns. Hazzard was subsequently shot during their encounter.
Lopez said the three suspects took the bag of money and fled in a gold-colored Chevrolet Tahoe that had been reported stolen from Harris County. Lopez said the SUV was later abandoned in the 5100 block of Viking Drive, where neighborhood video surveillance showed the suspects getting into a black Chevrolet Impala and driving away.
“Who commits a robbery at 1:30 in the afternoon in the daylight with all these witnesses around?” Lopez said. “So it was very brazen. These individuals are very dangerous, but we’re working on a few leads. I’m pretty sure, I’m confident, we can capture these guys.”
Lopez said the driver of Loomis truck remained inside the vehicle and was unharmed. He also said the surveillance video from outside the restaurant was “very good,” showing the suspects approaching the security guard from behind the building.
Lopez said two of the suspects were wearing black hoodies, and the third had a gray or light-colored hoodie. They were armed with two pistols and a rifle, Lopez said.
“Our prayers go out to the family of this victim,” Lopez said.
Any witnesses who saw the black Impala leaving the 5100 block of Viking Drive, or anyone with information about the suspects or their whereabouts, in encouraged to call HPD’s Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.