HOUSTON – Police are looking for two suspects involved in a violent robbery caught on a surveillance video in Houston. The two robbers are shown on video beating a man and going through his pockets while holding the victim at gunpoint.
The crime happened right outside Charles and Ginger Lopez’s bedroom window on Aug. 14, and their Ring video captured the violent encounter.
“It was pretty crazy,” Charles Lopez said.
“It was horrible because it was in broad daylight!” Ginger Lopez said.
According to police, the man was walking in his apartment complex’s parking lot in the 2700 block of Briargrove near Westheimer when two men attacked him. The suspects threatened him with a gun and continued to beat him while going through his pockets and taking items.
“It was literally like 11:20 a.m. The poor guy was just running screaming. They hit him in the head,” Ginger Lopez said.
The suspects ran away. Police described the two suspects as two males between 15 and 25 years old, 5′5″ tall, and weighing about 180 pounds.
Second neighbor recalls being attacked by same suspects
After KPRC aired the original story, another neighbor reached out saying he was robbed by one of the two men the morning earlier.
“I was getting ready to go to work like a normal day,” Jesus Menchaka, another resident at the same complex, said.
Menchaka said it was 7:30 in the morning on Aug.13, when she saw a man, but didn’t think much of it.
“I had seen him in the second building in the stairwell just hanging out. I didn’t think nothing of it,” Menchaka said.
Until, Menchaka said, he opened the door.
“I heard [the robber] say, ‘Gimme your money. Don’t say nothing,’” Menchaka said. “I even thought he was a resident because he was wearing sandals.”
Menchaka said he was pistol whipped, but he fought back for several minutes, pulling out his own gun to defend himself. However, both of their weapons fell to the ground. This suspect took Menchaka’s gun and pulled the trigger, Menchaka said. Luckily, Menchaka was not harmed.
“It wasn’t loaded at the time,” Menchaka said.
When Menchaka saw the video from the Aug. 14 attack at the same complex, he said he clearly recognized the suspect with the blue jacket.
“I saw the gentlemen and I knew right away that was him,” Menchaka said.
The man said the suspect hopped the fence with his gun. Menchaka reported the attack to Houston police.
“I hope they get caught,” Mechaka said.
He said he knows about four to 10 people who have also been victims of the same suspects.
If you have any information related to this investigation, police are asking you to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston directly at 713-222-TIPS (8477), submit an online tip at www.crime-stoppers.org or go through the Crime Stoppers mobile app. Information leading to the charging and/or arrest of any felony suspects may result in a cash payment of up to $5,000.