HOUSTON -- Two suspects allegedly carried out five robberies between 1:15 p.m. and 1:50 p.m. in northeast Harris County on Friday. Investigators are seeking information from the public to help track them down.
In the heat of the day, surveillance cameras captured the suspects rolling up to a Valero store in the 12500 block of the Beaumont Highway.
Lonnie Eastwood was about to walk in the store unaware of the robbery.
I opened the door, saw everybody on the floor, saw the guy behind the counter and took off and ran, Eastwood said.
The suspects were a man and a woman, both wearing hoodies. On the dramatic surveillance video you can see one of them jump the front counter and demanding the clerk to open the safe.
They grabbed me and I came inside to try and open the safe, said employee Ramish Doswami. It took long. The safe takes like 10 minutes.
While one robber waited for the safe to open, the other one, believed to be the female, was grabbing every customer that walked in the door and forcing them to the ground. One of them was Nelson Castillo. He said the female suspect wanted his cell phone and wallet.
The suspects were in the store for nearly 10-minutes, but became frustrated when the safe would not open. One of them fired a weapon into the floor.
Harris County Deputies believe they came straight from a Cricket store in the 13300 block of Woodforest. A visibly shaken employee said two people wearing hoodies and carrying guns robbed them too.
The suspects used a stolen maroon 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 truck bearing Texas license plate AX57592. Juan Flores, owner of the truck used in the crime spress, was on his lunch break from his maintenance job at the Tall Timber Apartments located at 13155 Woodforest when he noticed his truck was stolen.
When I go out, I don't see my truck, Flores said. Someone stole my truck.
Authorities believe the spree began at Tall Timber Apartments and ended at a Cricket Wireless store at 13366 Woodforest.
In between, the suspects stole the truck, robbed a Cricket store at Highway 90 and North McCarty Road, and the Valero station.
In some of the robberies, the suspects were armed with a pistol and shotgun and took victims' cash and other belongings.
Anyone with information about the identity and/or whereabouts of these dangerous suspects should contact the HCSO robbery division at 713-967-5810 or Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS.