HOUSTON – Justin Kittel says it's the most traumatizing thing that has ever happened in his life. On Monday, he returned to the spot where three crooks stuck a gun in his face and stole his wallet, cash and other belongings.
According to Kittel and a manager at a local mall, two of the three men were captured on surveillance video using one of Kittel's credit cards to buy clothes. It was one of several stops the young men made on Kittel's dime.
"Those faces, I know for sure," he says. "I couldn't forget those faces."
The Houston Police Department confirms that around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, after he had left the 5th Amendment nightclub on Travis Street in Midtown, Kittel was standing around the corner from the club, contacting Uber for a ride home, when three men approached him. One of the men pointed a gun at him. The thieves then demanded his belongings and requested that he play it cool.
"I emptied my pockets real quick," Kittel recalls. "I put my hands in the air and tried to walk in the opposite direction. He said, 'Put your hands down. You're making it obvious.'"
Before Kittel had time to cancel his credit cards, the thieves ran up nearly $1,500 on his accounts at restaurants and clothing stores. He's counting on someone being able to recognize the men in the video.
"I'm hoping I can get what's mine returned, he said, "and the main thing: I'm lucky to have my life and I hope this doesn't happen to anyone else."
Kittel says he's willing to put up $1,000 as a reward for any information leading to the arrest of the robbers.