FBI: Houston is national leader in violent bank robberies


HOUSTON – Houston now leads the nation in the number of violent takeover bank robberies and armored car robberies.

Channel 2 Investigates learned of the new yearly numbers ahead of a formal announcement Monday.

More than 40 percent of the bank robberies in Houston were violent takeover style compared to the national average of 6 percent.

Takeover bank robberies are when customers and employees are often held at gunpoint and taken hostage, FBI Special Agent Shauna Dunlap told investigative reporter Jace Larson.

"Violent takeover bank robberies are dangerous and the type of thing movies are made of," she said.

Twenty percent of all armored car robberies in the country happen in the Houston area.

Federal, state and local investigators will hold a news conference Monday afternoon to make the numbers public and ask for the public's help in solving an armored car robbery where a driver was killed.

Alvin Kinney, 60, was killed Feb. 12 in front of the Capital One Plaza in the 5700 block of Westheimer Road.

Police located the getaway car a short time after the shooting a few blocks away.

A white, Ford F-250 pickup truck was abandoned in a parking garage. The men were not inside and remain on the run. At least three people were involved in the robbery, but agents believe there were likely more.

The FBI will announce what it is calling a significant reward for anyone with information about the killers.

Kinney's family held his funeral Saturday.

At the news conference, the FBI will release photos showing the suspects at the crime scene. The photos have not been released previously.

The FBI hopes someone can point them in the right direction as they investigate the case.

Investigative reporter Jace Larson will be at the news conference and have details on Channel 2 and click2houston.com.