Robbers assault hearing impaired customer at Denny’s in northeast Harris County


by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 4:45 PM

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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -- Another Houston-area Denny’s was held-up overnight as five men stormed a restaurant in northeast Harris County.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 9600 block of N. Sam Houston Parkway around 3 a.m. Thursday.

Workers and customers said that five young men, possibly in their mid- to late-teens, entered the restaurant with their faces covered. One of the suspects pointed a pistol at customers and another had a rifle. The men demanded cash, cell phones, and wallets. They then told a manager to take them to the store safe.

In all, about $1,000 in cash was taken, witnesses said.

During the robbery, one of the men got angry with a hearing impaired customer, hitting him and choking him.

“He grabbed by throat and hit me right here,” the diner told KHOU 11 News, pointing to his cheek.

“I seriously couldn’t believe it was really real,” said a worker. “Like it just didn’t seem real, and when they started screaming and cussing us out, I’m like ‘oh my god!’”

The men then fled the scene.

One of the witnesses said the men left in burgundy 1996 Ford extended cab pickup truck.

Investigators are now reviewing evidence at the scene, including surveillance video and fingerprints as the men were reportedly not wearing gloves.