Residents worry about rash of robberies

HOUSTON - The Denver Harbor area on Houston's east side is seeing a rash of armed robberies.

Investigators said the crimes are happening in broad daylight. The thieves are targeting mostly women.

"The suspects are coming out either knocking them off their bikes or hitting them on the head. People have no clue what's going on," said Cpl. Arthur Matamoros with the Harris County Precinct 6 Constable's Office.

A number of cases have been reported. No one has been hurt, but nerves are rattled.

On August 11 at 5 p.m., Gloria Rodriguez went to Burt's Meat Market, a place she's been going to for years. She was robbed as she put her groceries in her car.

"I put my purse down and turned this way and there's a gun in my face. He says, 'Give me your purse,'" said Rodriguez.

She was not hurt. Thankfully, an employee heard her scream.

"I walked her out to her car and I heard her screaming, so that's when I turned back," said Mile Narro.

He called the police, but at least two men took off in a car.

The crimes happen so fast it's difficult to get a good description. It's unclear if one group is responsible for all of the robberies.

"They are using guns. They are committing acts of violence to rob these people and they will eventually hurt somebody," said Matamoros.

The Denver Harbor Civic Club is taking a proactive approach. Members are spreading the word about these crimes to educate business owners and residents.

"It's usually between the hours of 9 and 1 in the afternoon. It's broad daylight," civic club president Ana Gomzalez said.

The group is holding a meeting to keep residents informed. It is set for Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Multipurpose Center at 6407 Market St.

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