Police: Jewelry store robbers threaten to kill woman, 77

CONROE, Texas - A jewelry store owner fired shots at three people who tried to rob him and threatened to kill his mother on Wednesday.

Conroe police said two men and a woman walked into Wilkins Jewelry, 1712 N. Frazier St., about 10:30 a.m. One of the men asked Mitch Wilkins about getting a ring cleaned while the other man and the woman asked Wilkins' 77-year-old mother for help picking something out.

Detectives said the men pulled out guns. Wilkins said he was pistol-whipped.

"He vaulted over this case, and when I turned around he had a pistol in my face," Wilkins said. "He was telling me, 'Don't move. Don't move.'"

The attackers put a gun to Wilkins' mother's head, officials said.

"There was a gun to my face," said Wilkins' mother, Shirley. "(The man was) saying, 'I'll shoot! I'll shoot!' My hands were being held."

Wilkins and his mother both fought back.

"We fell to the ground and he tried to shoot me," Wilkins said.

"I wrestled with her and and I think I broke her finger," Shirley said.

Wilkins said he wrestled the gun away from one of the men. When it fell to his ground, his mother grabbed the gun, handed it to him and he opened fire.

The store owner suffered minor injuries during the fight, but it appeared that no one was wounded by gunfire.

A man and a woman were taken into custody a short time later. They have not been charged, investigators said.

Police said they are looking for the second man. He was described as Hispanic, in his 30s with an average height and build. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and khaki shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 800-392-STOP.

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