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Houston police seek suspect in River Oaks-area HEB robbery

March 25, 2019

Law enforcement officials have turned to the public in locating a suspect in an attempted aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon at the HEB Central Market at 3815 Westheimer.

The incident occurred at 3:40 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. According to investigators with the Houston Police Department’s Robbery Division, the complainant had been grocery shopping at the HEB Central Market and “stated that she had just finished placing her groceries in her vehicle and put her 2-year-old in his car seat and was about to leave.”

At that point, the complainant put her vehicle in reverse when she noticed a black vehicle with dark tint back up next to her vehicle in a parking space.

“The vehicle then pulled out of the parking space and stopped while the complainant was closely watching their suspicious actions,” investigators report. “Suddenly, an unknown male exited the black vehicle while holding a handgun and attempted to open the complainant’s passenger door.”

The complainant “panicked and hit the accelerator” while the vehicle was still in reverse. In surveillance video, the complainant narrowly missed hitting a shopper with her shopping cart. The complainant’s vehicle struck a shopping corral, which then struck a parked vehicle on the other side.

The suspect got back into the black sedan and fled the scene with the driver.

The two suspects in the case are described as a 20- to 25-year-old black male wearing a black hoodie and a second unknown male.

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

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