Despite a chase, crash and search a man wanted for several driveway robberies in northeast Harris County is still on the loose.
Deputies say the crimes happened within minutes of each other and one suspect was taken into custody following the crash. There were four of them in all. Investigators say the victims were robbed in roadways in front of their homes by armed suspects who pulled up and then demanded property and cell phones.
We're told the suspect in custody is a juvenile and he's facing charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping. That's because those suspects made one of the victims drive to an ATM and withdraw money. That victim called 9-1-1 when he made it back.
The 21-year-old college student had just returned home for the semester and was about to back his truck into the driveway when the suspects pulled up alongside of him.
"He hopped out of the car with a gun and was like 'I know you got the money bro, I know you got the money. Where's the money at.'" Gibson said.
"He pistol-whipped me right here, on the side of my head."
David Gibson says that blow to his head was delivered by one of the two teens who he says abducted and robbed him at gunpoint, right in front of his northeast Harris County home.
"When I was wrestled to the ground and he put the gun to my head, pretty much I was just praying to God," Gibson said.
Gibson said the gunmen demanded he drive them to his bank in his truck after they rifled through his wallet and found a debit card. They forced him to withdraw $800 and made him drive back to the house.
"He got out of the car and said: 'If you do anything bro, if you do anything bro I'm going to come looking for you.' He hopped in the car with his friend and took off," Gibson said.
Gibson wrote down the license plate number, raced inside and woke up his father and dialed 9-1-1.
"I hear this noise 'Daddy, daddy, I need to use your phone. He said I've just been robbed at gun point," Gibson's father said.
A 14-year-old was taken into custody. The other suspect got away. Authorities believe the pair is behind a string of violent robberies, a total of four that started just before 2 a.m. The crimes were all carried out in the same manner.
"If I would have come out here it would have been a different story," Gibson's father said.
Investigators from the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office believe the two suspects are responsible for a string of overnight robberies that began just before 2 a.m.
Deputies were in the area around 2:45 a.m., looking out for the vehicle described by the victims and when a deputy constable saw that vehicle in the area of Foxwood and 1960, the suspects refused to stop and led them on a chase.
It ended a few minutes later when the suspects crashed their vehicle near Homestead and the Eastex Freeway with one suspect in custody and the other on the run.
Authorities say after the chase they learned that suspect vehicle had been stolen during a carjacking in Houston. They are now following up on other leads, trying to find that second suspect.
Investigators say the kidnapping victim was able to positively identify that juvenile suspect who was taken into custody.