Two suspects have been caught and another remains on the run following the armed robbery of a Heights-area cell phone store and subsequent police chase.
Clayton Jenkins and Teddrick Sanford were arrested and charged with aggravated robbery and disarming a police officer.
Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Monday, Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner said two armed robbers rushed a Verizon Wireless store in the 3000 block of Yale Street, immediately disarming an off-duty HPD officer who was working security for the store.
According to Finner, the robbers then held both the officer and employees at gunpoint while stealing several smart phones before fleeing the scene in a getaway vehicle.
After the off-duty officer called for backup, other nearby officers spotted the suspects’ vehicle about a block away near Interstate 10 and Yale. One of the suspects jumped out on foot just south of Loop 610, but was caught and taken into custody a short time later.
Finner said two other suspects then led officers on a vehicular pursuit that went from 610 all the way to I-10 east, where one of them jumped out shortly after exiting the freeway and fled on foot. That suspect remains at large.
About 15 minutes later, the remaining suspect crashed the vehicle near Waco Street and Lyons Avenue in the Greater Fifth Ward and attempted to escape on foot, but was caught a short time later.
“We have recovered the officer’s gun, her cell phone and the cell phones taken from the store,” Finner said. “If you come out in our city and commit a crime, we’re going to get you. We were able to catch the first two, and I’m confident we’ll be able to catch the third.”
The off-duty officer is a seven-year veteran of HPD and works in its vehicular crimes unit.
“She didn’t lose her composure, she did exactly what she was trained to do,” Finner said. “If she didn’t keep her cool, somebody could have lost their life here.”