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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - Two suspects accused of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon are in custody thanks to a quick-thinking Harris County Precinct 6 deputy.

Shortly after midnight on Monday, Deputy Jennifer Marenco conducted what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop when she noticed a steel bullet casing on the floorboard.

She placed the suspects Eliseo Maldonado, 19, and Juan Carlos Sandoval, 19, in the back of her patrol car and conducted an in depth search of the car. The search yielded a semiautomatic pistol, a purse and a female's identification card.

The Deputy made contact with the Houston Police Department to inquire if any reports had been placed that matched the ID.

HPD was able to confirm that the purse and the identification card belonged to a woman that had been the victim of an aggravated robbery just one hour before by two suspects who matched the description of the men in custody.

HPD arrived at the scene with the victim who was able to confirm that Maldonado and Sandoval were the suspects who had robbed her at gunpoint. The suspects were then taken into custody by HPD and charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

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