3 arrested after following bank customer, stealing money, prompting chase, police say
HOUSTON – Three men were arrested and are facing a number of charges after an incident in north Harris County on Monday, police said.
Maracus Wilson, Jhabali Haskin and Christopher Vital were parked in front of a Spring-area bank watching customers, according to police.
The three men targeted a man leaving the bank and followed him to another location, police said.
When the man left money in his vehicle, the trio broke into the vehicle and stole his money, according to a police report.
Houston police officers who were in the area attempted to stop the men when they noticed what was happening.
Wilson drove away from police, according to authorities.
He went through a school zone next to Klein High School and struck two vehicles, which disabled his vehicle, police said.
One of the bystanders was injured in the melee.
Wilson, Haskin and Vital then got out of the vehicle and ran from police on foot, according to authorities.
The men were caught and the money was recovered, authorities said.
Wilson is on bond for a 2015 aggravated robbery. He is charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police said he shot a man in the back, robbed him of the money in his pockets and pistol-whipped a female witness in the face.
Wilson now faces additional charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and felony evading arrest in a motor vehicle.
Haskin and Vital have both been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and evading arrest on foot.
This type of crime is commonly referred to as bank jugging. Police said jugging suspects follow customers from a bank with the intent to steal the money that the customer has withdrawn.
The men are suspects in a number of felony investigations throughout Harris County, according to authorities.
Officers with the Houston Police Department are asking that if any citizens recognize this vehicle or these suspects from any recent crimes to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the Houston Police Department at 713-884-3131.
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