Click2Daily: Joel Eisenbaum recounts day he was robbed

By Joel Eisenbaum - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - In January, a KPRC reporter, the one writing this article, was robbed at gunpoint while covering a story on Houston’s west side.

It’s not especially remarkable to be robbed at gunpoint.

I was relieved of my wallet, phone and jacket. I thought it was odd to steal my jacket, but apparently he needed a jacket.

I wasn’t hurt, and while I think of the incident on occasion, I am fine.

Over my 20 years of reporting, I have covered hundreds of aggravated robberies, most of them much more dramatic than my own experience.

The question is, why am I telling the story now, more than eight months later?

The short answer is because I was assigned to do it today.

You see, the original assignment, a feature about a strange abandoned church near the Westpark Tollway and Eldridge Parkway, wasn’t slated to be a TV story, it was scheduled to be an online story.

Such assignments are rare, so rare in my case, I had not had a similar assignment until today, and it was decided I should tell the story of what happened the last time.

I believe the man who robbed me is in the car that passes me for a fleeting moment in this video at about 8 minutes in. I make reference to the vehicle’s passengers, “It looks like they’re up to no good.”

I have seen a lot of people up to no good; the difference is I usually have an extra set of eyes with me.

On this occasion, I should have taken action after my observation. I did not.

So, shortly after I finished this meandering walk around the Palace of the Golden Orbs, I was robbed on the backside of the building.

I am typically very vigilant of my surroundings, but this guy got the drop on me, no doubt.

I detail how the crime went down here.

The Houston Police Department arrested a 21-year-old Houston man for the crime. He was found to be in possession of at least one of my belongings, according to a detective.

The suspect has been charged with aggravated robbery and is currently free on $30,000 bond while awaiting trial.

I will update the status of the case on occasion on my Facebook Page.

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