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Three wanted by FBI for bank robberies

February 26, 2019

Two banks were robbed late last week and the FBI is seeking help in identifying and locating three suspects in connection with the northwest Harris County crimes.

The FBI Violent Crime Task Force reports that the trio allegedly robbed two Houston-area Capital One banks. According to investigators, it is believed that the armed robbers may also be responsible for at least two other bank robberies in 2018. Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the bank robbers.

According to the FBI, the first robbery last week was at 4:36 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. It was reported that “two black male suspects and one black female suspect entered the Capital One Bank located at 15900 Stuebner Airline Road in Spring. The trio swarmed the bank and ordered customers and employees into a back room and on to the floor before jumping over the teller counter and demanding money and the keys to open the teller drawers.”

The robbery resulted in no money lost as the suspects left the bank after the keys could not be located. No vehicle or direction of travel was observed, and no injuries were reported.

About 4:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, the same trio “entered the Capital One Bank at 6117 N. Highway 6 in northwest Houston. Armed with pistols and a knife, they swarmed the bank and ordered customers and employees into a back room and on to the floor. The suspects jumped over the teller counter and demanded money and the keys to open the teller drawers. In fear for their lives, bank employees gave the suspects the keys to the registers.”

The suspects reportedly left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. Minor injuries were reported.

Investigators believe “at least one member of this crew is responsible for two other Capital One Bank robberies that occurred on Oct. 2, 2018, and Nov. 19, 2018, at 19619 Tomball Parkway and 10951 Jones Road, respectively.”

The FBI described the suspects as:

• Suspect 1: A black male between 20 and 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build. He was unshaven and on Feb. 22 he wore “a black hoodie with the hood up, a yellow reflective safety vest, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes. He was armed with a semi-automatic pistol.”

• Suspect 2: A black male between 20 and 30 years old, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was clean shaven and on Feb. 22 “the suspect wore a black hoodie with the hood up, a tan short-sleeved shirt over the hoodie, matching tan pants, and a black mask over his face. He was armed with a semi-automatic pistol.”

• Suspect 3: A black female between 20 and 30 years old and 5 feet 3 inches tall with a thin build. On Feb. 22, “the suspect wore a dark green hooded jacket with the hood up, ripped skinny jeans, a black ski mask, and high top black and gray sneakers. She was armed with a knife.”

Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of this bank robber. If you have any information, please call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the FBI Houston Field Office at (713) 693-5000, or visit www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips may also be submitted to Crime Stoppers through the Crime Stoppers of Houston app which can be downloaded at the app store for both iPhone and Android devices. All tipsters remain anonymous.

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