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Deputies warn public of armed robberies near Katy Mills Mall

December 17, 2018

Authorities are warning people to “remain vigilant” when shopping at Katy Mills Mall after reports surfaced of armed robberies in the area.

The city of Katy police is currently investigating at least three armed robbery incidents involving three males and a female that occurred all within one hour of each other over the weekend, according to a news release from the Katy Police department.

The incidents occurred between 8:50 and 9:37 p.m. in Saturday, Dec. 15, all within a three-mile radius of each other, the release said. Only one incident occurred at Katy Mills Mall.

Another warning came from deputies at the Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office came after a Facebook post regarding an alleged armed robbery near Katy Mills Mall went viral on Sunday

The post, which describes in detail a robbery incident, ultimately turned out to be false due a similar post with a word-for-word account describing the same incident occurring four years ago, but it received so much attention that it was eventually shared to a Katy community Facebook group.

That’s where Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable Wayne Thompson responded to it confirming that there had been at least a handful of armed robberies since November.

“We have been in contact with the city of Katy Police and can confirm there have been four since Thanksgiving,” Thompson said. “No injuries or deaths have occurred.”

Thompson said his agency was not aware of the incident alleged in the viral Facebook post, but said he had reached out to the city of Katy Police to offer additional patrols for the Katy Mills Mall area during the holidays.

“It’s not unusual at this time of year for this type of thing at any mall,” Thompson said regarding armed robberies, adding that while some of the parking lot of the mall is located in Fort Bend County, there are parts of it inside Harris County. The mall itself is within the city of Katy.

Thompson advised the public to “remain vigilant, park in lighted areas” and “have your keys ready and walk in groups if possible.”

The message was also copied to the Fort Bend County Constable’s Office Precinct 3 Facebook page.

michelle.iracheta@chron.com

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