Monday, July 13, 2009

Rash of robberies in The Woodlands

We have been experiencing a rash of criminal activities lately here in our community. Some of the incidents are probably linked. A higher level of caution than normal is advised to residents until these criminal elements are apprehended.

In Indian Springs, an aggravated home robbery (with weapon) has made some residents nervous. There have been spottings of suspicious persons also, and it appears that there are some criminal minds working in and around our neighborhoods. It is important to identify anyone suspicious and report them to the Sheriff via Crime Stoppers www.montgomerycountycrimestoppers.org. This incident occurred at a residence at approximately 9:33pm on W. Landsdowne Circle in The Woodlands on July 11, 2009. Two black males were reported to have entered the home by breaking a rear window. The two suspects confronted the homeowner and his wife and demanded money. While no weapons were displayed, the victims believed the suspects had handguns in their pockets. The suspects left the home with an undetermined amount of money. The victims waited about five minutes after the suspects left to notify law enforcement. No suspect vehicle was observed and no one was injured.

In another case, on July 10, 2009, at just before midnight, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 24900 block of South Park. Deputies met with a 48 year old white male victim from Spring, who told the officers that he was driving north on South Park when he saw that three individuals had their bicycles upside down as if they were working on them. The victim stopped to offer assistance and one to the suspects pointed a handgun at him and demanded his wallet and keys. The suspects left on their bicycles north from the victim. The victim was not injured.

In a third case, July 11, 2009, at approximately 3:50am, deputies were dispatched to the Shell Gas Station at 8001 Hwy 242 in reference to an aggravated robbery. The victim, a 23 white male, finished fueling his vehicle and moved his truck to the side of the store. A black male suspect sitting in a maroon late model 80’s Buick, pointed a handgun at him and demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim complied. The suspect left driving east on SH 242. The victim was not injured.

In a fourth case, On July 11, 2009, at approximately 933pm, Sheriff’s Deputies met with a victim, a 39 year-old white male from Houston, of an aggravated robbery that had just occurred in the parking lot of The Woodlands Mall. The victim told deputies that as he was walking to his car in the north parking lot of The Woodlands Mall three males approached him on foot. The victim said that one of the suspects pointed a handgun at him and demanded his money and cell phone. The victim complied and the suspects left in a four door dark car. The victim was not injured.

In a fifth case, The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 7400 block of Branch Crossing at approximately 10:15pm in reference to an aggravated robbery. The victim, a 53-year-old white male, was on the Hike and Bike Trail located on Branch Crossing just south of the intersection near Research Forest. The victim told deputies that two black male suspects approached him from the woods demanding his wallet and that both suspects had handguns. Both suspects fled in a waiting small dark blue or black sedan, possibly a Honda or Toyota. One of the suspects removed the victim’s keys from his pocket but did not take them.

Descriptions of the perpetrators are in the press release at this link. Click here for further details.

Please put this number in your cell phone to help you report incidents should you see someone suspicious or see a crime: 1-800-392-7867 (Crime Stoppers).

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