Sources: Teens arrested in meat market robberies
HOUSTON – Sources tell Channel 2 News a pair of teenage brothers are now in custody in connection with a series meat market robberies in the Houston area.
Billie Hawkins, 18, and Kevin Hawkins, 19, led the robbery ring, according to sources.
Investigators say a group of 22 people is responsible for more than 30 meat market robberies that have occurred since December.
Sources say the group members call themselves the "Young Hawgs."
Surveillance video shows armed men terrorizing clerks and shoppers before robbing the Barri check-cashing counter inside stores like La Michoacana.
Kevin Hawkins was out on bond for a December 2014 meat market robbery, but sources tell Channel 2 he cut off his ankle monitor and fled.
He was arrested in Dallas Tuesday.
"I'm innocent, baby. I'm coming home. Don't worry about it," Kevin Hawkins told Channel 2 News Wednesday.
Sources say authorities now have 12 of 22 identified suspects in custody.