HOUSTON – Video released by Houston police shows a woman being robbed and stabbed as she entered her apartment complex in north Houston.
Police are hoping the video will lead someone to come forward to identify the man and woman seen in the video; they are suspected not only in this April 29 incident, but in several other robbery attempts at the same complex that same day.
The robbery involving a woman, who was returning home from her second job, happened around 6 a.m. at the apartment gate that Sunday.
Police said the man stabbed a 62-year-old grandmother, Hattie Lovick, in the face with a knife and then reached into her car and snatched her purse. A woman stood on the passenger side of the car, pounding on the window while the man robbed Lovick.
“He missed me the first time then the second time, that’s when he got my face,” she said.
“That’s when he just started cutting you know, took the knife and started cutting my face. And I (threw) this hand up and he cut this finger right here, and that’s why he didn't cut me no deeper than what he cut me 'cause. I (threw) my arm up,” Lovick said.
Lovick said he left a gash on her chin that required six stitches.
She said the robbers got away with her work bag, which contained no credit cards or money.
After that robbery, 24-year-old Daniel Sanchez was outside of his apartment at the same apartment complex, drinking a beer, when he was approached by the same robber with a knife. The thief demanded Sanchez’s money, but when he told the robber he didn't have any money, the robber stabbed Sanchez in the neck and ran away.
Prior to these two robberies, police said the same man and woman attempted another robbery at the entrance/exit gate, but were unsuccessful because the driver quickly drove off, briefly dragging the man.
The robbers are believed to be driving a gold-colored Chevrolet Cavalier.
The man is described as 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 150 to 170 pounds. He wore black pants and a black shirt. A description of the woman was not provided by police.
“This coward has to be caught and taken off the streets as soon as possible because he has no business being on the streets among all of us,” said Detective Jeff Brieden, with the HPD robbery division.
Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the robber in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org.