Robbery suspects arrested after firing shots at officers, police say


HOUSTON – Police said two robbery suspects are in custody after one of them shot at officers in southwest Houston.

Houston police said they were keeping surveillance on the suspects after a string of robberies in northeast and southeast Houston.

Around 3:40 p.m. Thursday, in the 12600 block of Bissonnet Street, police said two men, in their 20s, put on hoods and robbed several people at a sports/gaming business.

Pete Lopez, assistant chief of police, said the two men took off with money, phones and wallets.

When they got into their car, police tried to stop them and the driver rammed an unmarked police car, and the passenger shot at an undercover officer, Lopez said.

Another officer returned gunfire, and then the suspected robbers jumped out the car and dropped a gun while they fled on foot, Lopez said.

Police nabbed both of them and arrested them on charges of aggravated robbery and assault.

However, they need help from the victims who were robbed. They're concerned some of the victims may be afraid of coming forward because they might be undocumented.

“There’s a lot of Hispanics in this area and of course we have the fear of being detained by police for their immigration status but that’s something they don’t have to worry about because we as HPD officers don’t enforce immigration laws," Lopez said.

Those victims are urged to call the Houston Police Department at 832-395-1500.

Meanwhile, police are still investigating the string of robberies that have occurred across the city.

There were no reports of anyone injured.