Employee's husband shoots man who allegedly held up check-cashing store

HOUSTON - A suspected robber who tried to hold up an ACE Cash Express in north Houston is in the hospital after he was shot by the husband of one of the store's employees.

Houston police said the attempted robbery was reported around 8:30 a.m. Monday at the store on East Tidwell Road and Airline Drive.

"An employee was ambushed at this store," said Sgt. Francisco Fernandez with the Houston Police Department. "Two males apparently broke in through the roof."

Officials said two suspects entered the business through a hole in the roof and waited for employees to show up for work Monday morning.

Police said an employee came face to face with two men with bandanas over their faces. They were wearing all back and holding guns.

They told her to open the safe, but she could not, officials said.

"Luckily for her another employee was waiting outside," said Sgt. Fernandez. "They spooked the suspects and they took off running."

Police said the employee's husband, who was a concealed handgun license holder, was with her. He took off after the men and pointed his gun, pulling the trigger and shooting one of the suspects in the arm. He held him down until police arrived.

"He helped detain one of the suspects, so I'd say he did a good job," said Sgt. Fernandez.

Houston police said the suspect shot in the arm was taken to Ben Taub Hospital and is expected to be okay.

Investigators are searching for the other suspect. They do not have a good description.

Anyone with information about that suspect's whereabouts is asked to call 713-222-TIPS.

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