Surveillance photo released of suspect wanted for 20-plus robberies

Author: Jill Courtney, Sr. Web Editor,
Published On: Dec 30 2013 12:03:43 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 30 2013 10:54:48 PM CST

Police released surveillance video Monday in hopes it will help them identify three suspects wanted in about two dozen robberies in north Houston.

Since December 6th, the trio has hit at least 23 businesses near the intersection of Little York Rd and Antoine Dr.

Some businesses were robbed twice, including the seafood restaurant owned by Marissa Pi's family in the 6400 blk of Antoine. The suspects struck there on December 10 and then again Dec. 18.

“ It was scary,” Pi said. “I mean, you don't know. It happened so quick. They just jumped over the counter.

After the last robbery, the family installed a glass barrier over the counter to protect employees.

“We had to do something.' Ms. Pi told Local 2 News.

Robbery detectives say the men have robbed liquor stores, beauty supply houses, and an auto parts store, as well as restaurants.

In every robbery, they wear masks and gloves, and are always armed. They threaten store employees and customers, and police fear they are becoming more violent.

“Luckily no one has been injured physically during any of these incidents.” HPD Robbery Detecitve Ken Nealy said, buts adds, “They have shown their anger when they are committing these robberies, so we do not want them to continue.'

A break in the case came December 23d when the men robbed an O'Reilly Auto Parts store in the 2600 block of Tidwell. One of the suspects removed his mask and his face was captured on surveillance video.

He suspect and the the other two suspects are described only as a black male in thier teens or early 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall.  Police say they've been seen driving a black, four door vehicle.

Robbery detectives are asking anyone who knows them or has information to call Houston Crime Stoppers or the Houston Police Dept Robbery Division.

They are believed to have been involved in robberies of the following businesses.

Anyone who can identify the suspect in the photo or the other two suspects should call the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.