FBI seeking Texas trio believed to have robbed 4 banks


The Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON, Texas — The same group of people has robbed at least four Houston-area banks in the past eight months, authorities said, pointing their weapons at tellers and threatening to kill anyone who doesn't comply with their demands.

The most recent incident occurred on Wednesday at a First Convenience Bank inside a Kroger grocery in Spring. Two masked men, one carrying an assault rife, entered the bank around 9:15 a.m., FBI authorities said.

One of the robbers jumped the counter and demanded money from the teller drawers while the robber with the rifle threatened everyone in the immediate area, authorities said.

After grabbing the money, the robbers left in a blue Dodge Durango, authorities said. A third person drove the vehicle. The Durango, which was reported as stolen, was recovered shortly after the incident.

FBI authorities believe the same men are responsible for three other bank robberies in the area since May, including two other First Convenience Bank locations in Houston. The other was at a Woodforest National Bank in Humble.

Each robbery was executed in the same style involving the robbers entering the bank, armed with a handgun, a shotgun, an assault rifle or a combination of the three. The robbers' faces and heads were completely covered, authorities said. They point weapons at the tellers, threatening to kill and then leave in a stolen vehicle.

One is described as 5-foot-8 to 6 feet tall, with a stocky build. The robber who carried the assault rifle is described as 5-foot-8 to 6-foot-3 with a slim build. Both wore dark ski masks, dark jackets with hoods and dark pants. There is no description for the driver.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and charging of the robbers. Anyone with information is urged to call 713-222-TIPS.

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