HOUSTON –- Investigators have released surveillance video and photos of the suspects wanted in a November robbery at a McDonald’s in northwest Houston.
According to the Houston Police Department, the robbery occurred around 12 a.m. on Nov. 22 at the McDonald’s on Highway 249 at N. Gessner.
The suspects were described only as three black males, but police are hoping the newly released surveillance video will lead to an arrest.
"Maybe somebody out there knows them. They can call and give us a tip and we’ll follow it up and get them identified," said HPD Officer Efren Erjona. "We’re hoping to get them off the street before Christmas."
Police said the men posed as customers at the drive-through window. One of them jumped out of their vehicle and pointed a gun at an employee and demanded money from the register. Workers said the robber then jumped through the window and assaulted the employee. Two other workers intervened and fought with the suspect, eventually gaining control of the gun.
During the struggle, several shots were fired, but no one was struck.
“It was kind of like out of a movie scene,” Brodrique Banks, 24, who was working in the kitchen, told KHOU 11 News. “As they pulled up, you can see a guy spring out through the window. He was armed and masked and everything,” Banks said.
Banks surprised the gunman and beat him up and took his gun.
“Once it jammed, I was able to grip it, and get it away. By that time, I hit him with a couple of knees,” Banks said.
Banks fired the gun away from everyone to empty the clip.
Employees locked the drive-through window and waited for police to arrive, but the two gunmen outside shot out the window with a shotgun so the suspect inside could escape.
All three suspects then fled the scene on foot, leaving behind a vehicle and some clothing.
There have been at least four attempted robberies at McDonald’s drive-throughs in recent months. Police are investigating the possibility that they’re connected.
Anyone with information on the identities of the wanted suspects is urged to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.