2 men arrested for targeting, robbing bank customer


HOUSTON – Two men accused of "bank jugging" were arrested Friday in the parking lot of the Meyerland Plaza after an attempted robbery, officials said.

"Bank jugging" is when a customer is followed and robbed after visiting a bank.

Officials said Kordell Ellis and Christopher Randle sat in a white 2008 Dodge Nitro on Friday across the street from a bank near 610 Freeway and West Bellfort Avenue. 

The two men watched a man pull cash out of the bank and they followed him to the Meyerland Plaza shopping center, authorities said. 

Police nearby said they saw Ellis and Randle break into the man's vehicle and attempt to steal his property.

Both men were taken into custody and the man's property was returned. 

Ellis and Randle were on probation for prior burglary charges. 

The two men are being charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and burglary of a motor vehicle.

Officers with the Houston Police Department are asking that if any citizens recognize the suspects or their vehicle from any recent crimes to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the Houston Police Department at 713-884-3131.