Sketch released of suspect in armored van robbery on University of Houston campus

Author: Matt Aufdenspring, Web Managing Editor, Click2Houston.com
Published On: Dec 12 2013 01:45:05 PM CST
HOUSTON -

The FBI has released a sketch of the suspect wanted in an armed robbery on the University of Houston campus last week.

Shortly before 8 a.m. on Dec. 6,  two Loomis messengers were conducting business on the U of H campus.  Authorities say one employee was outside of the vehicle when an armed robber approached the female driver and ordered her out of the armored van at gunpoint.

When the driver exited the van, the armed robber drove off with the armored van and the cash inside.

The FBI says the employee who was outside the vehicle fired a gunshot at the armed robber.  No injuries were reported during the incident.

The armored vehicle was later recovered nearby inside a parking garage on campus.  Cash was missing from the van, however some cash remained inside the vehicle.

According to the FBI, the red pickup truck believed to have been involved in the crime was also recovered a short distance away at a Planned Parenthood.  The vehicle was later confirmed to have been reported stolen from the area.

The FBI says the armed robber is described as a black male, 25-35 years old, around 6 feet tall and 180 – 200 pounds with a medium complexion.  He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt or "hoodie" with white stripes or epaulets.  He was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

The FBI says they have responded to 11 armored car robberies in the Houston area this year.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000.

Anyone with information about this individual or this case is asked to please call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the Houston office of the FBI at 713-693-5000.  Tips may also be submitted to Crime Stoppers online at Crime-Stoppers.org, or sent by text message: text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637).  All tipsters remain anonymous.