Woman followed from bank, robbed outside consulate's office

Robbery caught on camera

Published On: Mar 28 2013 09:47:38 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 28 2013 05:22:28 PM CDT
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HOUSTON -

Police need help identifying and finding a man who followed a woman from a bank to a government office and then robbed her.

Houston police said the woman went to the Bank of America in the 11200 block of Westheimer near Wilcrest about 1 p.m. on March 15 and noticed a gold or tan minivan in the parking lot. When she returned to her car, she saw the same minivan circling the parking lot.

The woman then drove to the Indonesia Consulate, 10900 Richmond, where she works, and went through a controlled access gate to the parking lot.

What happened next was all caught on surveillance camera.

WATCH: RAW surveillance video

The crook is seen making a mad dash to get inside the parking lot, seconds before the gate closes completely.

As she got out of her car, the man ran up to her, grabbed an envelope containing a withdrawal and her purse, police said.

"She was very fearful," said Kim Miller with the Houston Police Department. "He had his hand in his pocket. She wasn't sure if he had a weapon or not."

In the video, the victim was seen chasing the crook as he runs away on foot, slipping through the closed gate.

The man was described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue T-shirt.

The can was described as an older-model tan or gold Mazda MPV or Honda Odyssey.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.