Mother speaks out after being victim of 'bank jugging' robbery in SW Houston
HOUSTON – A Houston mother is still in shock after she became a victim of "bank jugging" Tuesday afternoon.
The incident was reported at 3:10 p.m. in the 4100 block of Cook Road near Alief Clodine Road.
"Cindy," who asked us not to use her real identity, said she was depositing money at American First National Bank near Bellaire Boulevard and the Beltway.
"I would never thought they would actually do that while I’m in the car and my engine is running, and they would come up to me like that and smash my window -- very scary,” Cindy said.
Houston police said the woman was on her way back to work when she stopped to wait for the business gate to open.
Cindy said that's when a man pulled up in a car behind her, got out and tried to open her passenger side door. When he couldn't, he then used a tool to smash the window and grabbed her purse.
“As soon as I look over he (the suspect) grabbed a tool and pointed it at my window and it smashed my window. I screamed,” Cindy said.
She said she locked the doors and honked the horn to get attention.
“I was traumatized. I thought he pointed a gun at me and shot at my window,” Cindy said.
He did not take her phone and wallet, which were on her lap.
“I was actually very lucky because I went to the bank and I had to grab my driver’s license, so I took my wallet out of my purse and put it in my lap,” Cindy said. "I had my phone with me the whole time so they grabbed an empty purse and a pack of gum."
The act was caught on surveillance video, but it's hard to make out the license plate number on the man's car.
She shared the video on Facebook and it’s been shared by thousands.
Cindy hopes someone recognizes the man or the car.
“I want to get these guys off the street,” she said.
The mother of two said her main goal now is to learn how to protect herself.
"First thing I’m going to do is get some training , get my license and get my gun to protect myself and be alert 24/7,” Cindy said.
Investigators don't have any suspects at this time and asking are people to call Crime Stoppers 713-222-8477 if they know anything.
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