HOUSTON – Three young men and a juvenile responsible for a series of robberies and carjackings were taken off the streets Thursday and a citizen actually helped authorities nab one of them, according to authorities.
Precinct 4 deputy constables received a call about an aggravated robbery in the 14000 block of Cutten Road at Cherry Hill around 2:36 p.m. Deputies said the suspects carjacked a white Toyota Corolla at gunpoint while the driver was waiting at a red light.
Deputies spotted the suspects traveling in the Toyota eastbound on FM 1960 West at Champions Forest Drive. They immediately put on their emergency lights and attempted to pull the car over, but the driver refused to stop.
The driver led deputies on a short chase until he ran over a median and struck a large boulder. The suspects then decided to abandon the vehicle and flee on foot.
They took off running, but a passing motorist decided to step in and help deputies.
The citizen had a licensed concealed handgun and used it to order one of the suspects to the ground. He then held the suspect at gunpoint until deputies could take him into custody.
Meanwhile, Harris County Sheriff's deputies joined in and helped set up a perimeter. K-9 officers were brought in to help track down the remaining three suspects. The dogs eventually sniffed them out and all suspects were arrested.
Jacolby Nicholas, 17; Ketwon Thompson, 22 and Nicholas Dominguez, 18 were charged with aggravated robbery.
Investigators also determined the suspects committed another robbery earlier that day. In that offense, deputies said the suspects pistol-whipped a man in the 12000 block of Windfern and took his car.
That victim was taken to the hospital for treatment and, upon being released, positively identified the four suspects as his attackers.
Dominguez, Thompson and Nicholas were each given a $30,000 bond. Information for their juvenile accomplice was not released.