FBI: 4 Houston-area banks robbed Saturday


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on April 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 22 at 1:53 PM

HOUSTON—Authorities were busy Saturday afternoon after four banks in four different parts of town were held up within a few short hours, according to the FBI.

The FBI received a call about a suspect holding up a Wells Fargo in the 10000 block of Beechnut in southwest Houston around 11 a.m. Authorities said a man walked up and handed the teller a note saying he had a weapon and demanded money. The teller was cooperative and the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Just 30 minutes later, two more banks were hit.
Two armed men stormed into a Wells Fargo in the 2000 block of Taylor, just north of downtown Houston, and took over the bank.  They forced employees and customers onto the ground.  Once everyone was down, one of the robbers stood guard while the other hopped over the counter and grabbed the cash.  The suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.
Around the same time, another suspect robbed the BBVA Compass Bank in the 1200 block of West 43rd Street.
Authorities said that suspect held a teller at gunpoint and demanded money.  The suspect fired one shot as he was leaving, but no one was injured. He also got away with an unknown amount of cash. 
The suspect was seen leaving in a white truck that had a magnetic strip on the back that read "Ace."
The final bank robbery happened at a Chase Bank in the 5000 block of San Felipe near the Galleria.  Authorities said one suspect held up the bank around 2:30 p.m.  He also fled the scene with an unknown amount of cash.
All suspects remain on the loose.