HOUSTON – Deputies have arrested five teenagers, ranging from 14 to 17 years of age, believed to be responsible for at least two armed carjackings and one burglary of a home in northwest Harris County.
Deputies responded to a home Monday in the 7200 block of Battle Hills Dr. after a woman reported having been carjacked by an armed suspect. The woman was loading items into her car in her garage when she was shot by the suspect, who then drove off in her vehicle, deputies said.
“I was coming down the stairs. I heard a shot and then a yell. Not a yell, a scream,” said Rose Pennell, a neighbor. “I was looking out my window and I saw a young kid and you can tell he was an amateur because he was running back and forth.”
The victim was taken to an area hospital and is expected to be OK.
Then later that day, deputies said they responded to a burglary in progress in the 6300 block of Bonnie Chase Lane. The homeowner was inside when she saw two men breaking into her house so she hid in the closet and called police. When deputies arrived they arrested the two suspects still inside the house, and one outside.
Deputies in the area also arrested two other suspects who were in the vehicle stolen from the woman on Battle Hills earlier that day.
Officials believe the group may be responsible for another carjacking on February 7th, when a man was shot on Cypress Canyon Drive. The man was warming up his truck to take his daughter to school, when a suspect walked up him and demanded his keys.
One of the suspects was identified as Christopher Do, 17, and the other four are minors. Two are 16 and the others are 15 and 14. They are charged with aggravated robbery and burglary of a habitation.
Neighbors are relieved, but in disbelief that five teenagers could be responsible for such violence.
“I sat and prayed all day yesterday. God where is the peace on earth? This was too close. Too close,” said Pennell.