A group of men are targeting Hispanic women in apartment complexes on the city's south side, robbing and then shooting them in the early morning hours.
The same suspects are believed to be responsible for nine robberies and shootings that have happened on the south side of Houston since November 16. One woman, 50-year-old Angelina Romero-Alvarez, was shot and killed during a December 5 robbery that happened as she was getting into her car.
Police say the unknown suspects approached Romero-Alvarez at about 6 a.m. in the parking lot of Wilcox Apartments off of the South Loop West, robbing and shooting her as she stood outside of her car. Witnesses reported seeing an unknown vehicle driving away following the shooting.
Police have released surveillance footage from two of the robberies, during which two men can be seen exiting a white vehicle and ducking between parked cars. On one of the videos, the men appear to target a person walking in the parking lot, and they flee in a white vehicle shortly after.
Two other women were also targeted the morning of Romero-Alvarez's murder in a span of less than two hours, police say. Both women suffered gunshot wounds that were not life-threatening.
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At about 5:50 a.m. December 5 at a complex off of Telephone Road, a 47-year-old woman was robbed and shot by a black male, according to police. The suspect was seen leaving in a white four-door vehicle, which they say could have been a Chevrolet Impala.
A 70-year-old woman was robbed and shot only two hours later, at about 7:20 a.m. in an apartment complex off of the South Loop East. The suspect, a black male, was seen leaving in a white SUV, according to police.
Police have also linked the suspects to a November 29 incident in which a woman was robbed while walking in her complex's parking lot. According to investigators, a white four-door vehicle with partial Texas license plates of "BZ" pulled up alongside the woman at about 3 a.m. A black male then exited the vehicle on the passenger side, then robbed and shot her.
Anyone with information in these cases is urged to contact HPD's Homicide Division.