Final suspect arrested in San Antonio after Harris County jewelry store robbery, deputies say
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – The third suspect in a Harris County jewelry store robbery was captured in San Antonio.
Cortez Harris escaped after the robbery and was located by the U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Major Task Force members, who then tipped off the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.
Harris was pulled over in a vehicle in northeast San Antonio and was taken into custody.
United States deputy marshals brought Harris back to Harris County. He is charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and is being held on a $250,000 bond.
Of the other two suspects, one is dead and one was hospitalized.
Jeremy Gomez suffered gunshot wounds in the robbery and was hospitalized. There is no word on his condition.
Michael Mitchell was pronounced dead after he was shot during the robbery.
The windows at the Your Jeweler store on Jones Road in northwest Harris County are shot out.
They were shattered in a gun battle at about 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday.
Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators said three men armed with pistols parked next door at a car wash and ran inside the jewelry store demanding money and jewelry from the owner.
"They began to beat him, pistol-whip him. At one point during the struggle, he managed to retrieve a pistol that was inside the store. He exchanged gunfire with the robbers," Lt. Thomas Gilliland, with the Harris County Sheriff's Office, said.
The 66-year-old owner told investigators that he believed he hit at least one of the three robbers before they left the store.
Investigators said a trail of blood led them to where the robbers' getaway car was parked at the car wash.
Investigators said one man showed up at a hospital with a multiple gunshot wounds, and another man was discovered dead at a residence in the 15600 block of Rosehearty Lane near Coppergrove, west of the robbery scene.
Investigators said they believe all three locations are related.
"The shop owner has a right to defend himself and his property. It's fortunate that he wasn't hurt badly. He had a laceration on his head due to the pistol-whipping," Gilliland said.
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