'Jugging' victim turns table on robbers

By Joel Eisenbaum - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - A north Houston woman, 73, turned the tables on a robber, but he still managed to get away and commit a similar crime the next day, according to police.

The March 22 crime happened at Smart Financial Credit Union at 2504 North Loop West.

"He took a skip around me and I knew right then and I jumped in on top of him," Orissa Roman said.

Roman, in her car, had been bumped from behind by the suspect's truck in the parking lot of the credit union as a ploy to draw her out of the car, police say.

"He was just trying to get the purse and that inside the car he went for it," said Houston Police Department Investigative First Responder Emanuel Contreras.

Police identify such crimes as "juggings," when victims are targeted at banks, credit unions and other places where cash is dispensed.

Roman was not seriously injured, but the suspect did leave the scene with her purse.

Clifford James Bennett, 31, has since been arrested and charged with aggravated robbery of the elderly.

Bennett and an unknown accomplice committed a similar crime the very next day, according to the Houston Police Department.

Bennett was charged again with aggravated robbery in that case, but the unidentified accomplice remains at large.

The unknown man, however, was caught in a few fleeting frames of convenience store video.

If you have information that could be valuable to police call Crime Stoppers of Houston 713-222-TIPS.

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