Houston police have arrested nine juvenile males they say robbed and assaulted bicyclists on or near the Columbia Tap trail, in 13 incidents since May. The suspects -- all between 10-16 years old -- "were referred to Harris County Juvenile Probation authorities on charges of engaging in organized c ... More >>
The Harris County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in identifying a a man wanted for at least three aggravated robberies of gas stations. From HCSO: "The suspect is a Hispanic male in his late teens or early twenties, with a medium build. He uses a semi-automatic handgun during the commission of ... More >>
How many people does it take to rob a series of Houston-area banks? More than 14, apparently, because 14 couldn't get the job in 2010 without getting caught. Yesterday the last two defendants of that ring, who had rejected plea-bargain offers in order to go to trial, got their sentences, the U.S. ... More >>
You really have to hand it to the FBI. For an organization that doesn't seem really funny at all, their press releases seeking the help of citizens to apprehend criminals can be hilarious. Take this "digital billboard" effort to catch Victor Dwayne Johnson, who is charged with bank robbery for the r ... More >>
Houston police released sketches of three suspects allegedly involved in robberies of AT&T employees in the Acres Homes area. According to a press release, the three men approach AT&T workers, threaten them with guns and steal their belongings, including phones and iPads issued by AT&T. In addition ... More >>
The Amegy Bank at 12130 Hempstead Highway was robbed today and the FBI hopes the public can help them find the bad guy. The local FBI likes attaching special monikers to its suspects -- which we wholeheartedly approve of because otherwise writing up this stuff would be incredibly kind of boring. ... More >>
Two rifles, one semiautomatic pistol, three ski masks and three pairs of black gloves -- ever wonder why police get suspicious especially after finding this in a car after a chase? Three men -- 26-year-old Jamarcus Terrel White, 21-year-old Andre Nathan Howard and 27-year-old Warren Anthony Howard ... More >>
Several men forced their way into a home at 1936 Dolly Wright and during the robbery that followed, a 41-year-old man was shot to death, Houston police say. The robbery/shooting occurred about 7 a.m. Tuesday, October 23.
A Houston cop pulled over a driver for a traffic violation on the northside in the predawn hours Sunday, probably hoping for a routine piece of business. Instead he stumbled into the free-fire zone of a nearby robbery and ended up wounded, HPD says. The officer, whose name has not been released, h ... More >>
This one begins with a wig, sunglasses, yellow capri pants, and a man dressed as a woman. On September 5 at First Convenience Bank, the strangely-dressed man, who police say was Braylon Lionell Marshall, 24, handed a teller a rather dramatic note. It read, "I have a bomb. If you don't give me all ... More >>
For all you gumshoes out there, the FBI just made your job exactly no easier than it was before. Yesterday, the agency released photographs of the top 10 most wanted bank thieves, most of their faces hooded, masked, or behind sunglasses. The hunt is on for, it seems, people who wear hooded sweatshir ... More >>
Simple etiquette -- it is so rare these days. Gentlemen donning chapeaux in this modern era seldom can be bothered to make the effort to tip their headgear in the most basic acknowledgement of interaction with a fellow human being. Not the dude who robbed a First Convenience Bank inside a Cypress ... More >>
Thanks to the miracle of modern surveillance cameras, we can all now have a look at the fellow who the FBI believes robbed the Woodforest National Bank located inside a Humble Walmart store on Saturday, July 14. The 9:17 a.m. robbery occurred at the bank in the Walmart at 9235 North Sam Houston Par ... More >>
You think I'm an ignorant savage And you've been so many places I guess it must be so The lyrics of "Colors of the Wind" -- so inspiring to eight-year-old girls everywhere -- probably were not written with Luerissie Ross in mind. She's a stripper who goes by the name of Pocahantas -- for all those ... More >>
Two mug shots that you might not normally put together were forever joined thanks to arrests at the Super 8 motel in Humble. Adrian Nathaniel Comstock, 29, and Patricia Lynn Hickman, 56, were both arrested for aggravated robbery for a home invasion that included a shootout near New Caney last week. ... More >>
Houston police say four teenagers have confessed to taking part in the murder of a homeless man from whom they stole a dollar. Pedro Ramos, 32, was shot and killed April 4 in the 11700 block of Hempstead Highway. Four teens, including a 16-year-old female, have confessed to taking part in the kill ... More >>
De gustibus non est disputandum, as they say in Latin, which basically means some people's taste sucks but there's no sense arguing with them about it. But we had to take issue with the FBI declaring bank robber John "Steven" Stark, pictured above, as being "tall, dark and handsome." Stark, who is ... More >>
Patrick Simmons gives up.The suspected bank robber who was spotlighted by the FBI in a digital-billboard campaign turned himself in to authorities about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the feds say. Patrick Wayne Simmons, who was wanted in a string of eight Houston-area robberies of bank branches located ... More >>
Photo via DOJPatrick Wayne Simmons is a wanted manFederal prosecutors and the FBI announced the indictments of nine men who they say robbed eight Houston-area bank branches in grocery stores. One of the men, Patrick Wayne Simmons, 27, is still on the run; the others are in custody. Arrested ... More >>
Robbery gone wrongA man who tried to rob a northside business this morning was pursued and killed when he ran into traffic, Houston police say. The unidentified robbery suspect died about 9:45 a.m. after running from a store in the 100 block of Little York. The owner of the business chased ... More >>
Help wanted: Bank robbery is a growing fieldWho says it's a tough job market? All it takes is a little success and employers will start hiring. Ask the dude who's wanted in at least seven local bank robberies since November. Let's put it this way: He's hiring. His latest escapade, at a Bank ... More >>
Emilio VillanuevaFor a time, before he was yanked back to reality, everything seemed to be going so well in Emilio Villanueva's restaurant heist. Yesterday in Corpus Christi, the 17-year-old runaway concealed his Dumb and Dumber hairdo under a beanie and his face behind a bandana. Clutching ... More >>
Paging McGruff the Crime DogWe've been plotting which neighborhoods in Houston lead in certain crime categories, but doing that doesn't really get you to the more well-known parts of town. So we decided to zero in on a few specific neighborhoods and see what crime's been going down in them. ... More >>
Shot to death in a robberyA man was killed during the robbery of a southwest side gas station Friday evening. Houston police say Saturnino Aguerta, 57, was leaving a Conoco gas station/convenience store about 6:30 Friday evening when three men entered with ski masks. They robbed and shot him ... More >>
Rudy can't failWe've had the local FBI criticize bank robbers for a lack of fashion sense; they've ripped robbers for being somewhat portly and sloppy, but now they're really appalled.Now the bank robbers are being rude."At approximately 10:15 a.m. [Wednesday], the man entered the Fiesta store an ... More >>
Photo courtesy FBITaxi!!We've had bicycling bank robbers, banks robbers who waddled away, and now we've got a cool customer who takes a taxi.In Houston, where taxis are way down the list of transportation options, that's a nice twist.The perpetrator, described as "white male, 35-40, approximately ... More >>
Photo courtesy FBIOkay, yeah, I'm a bank robberSome bank robbers act all natural, looking like everyone else as they wait their turn with the teller. Others just flaunt it.The guy who robbed a Prosperity Bank branch in the 8800 block of Westheimer yesterday was one of the latter. Or maybe he just ... More >>
Few of today's bank robbers look like Johnny DeppThe FBI has just released its bank-robbery statistics for the first quarter of 2010. A total of 1,183 financial institutions were robbed in the first three months of the year.How well do you know your modern-day Pretty Boy Floyds?1. Which ethnic gr ... More >>
That man was so recklessThe FBI thinks they've got the man they dubbed the "Reckless Robber." Well, they didn't get him -- Fort Bend Sheriff's deputies did when they killed him in a shootout May 22.Mouafak Kazza, 26, was killed during a bank robbery where he was apparently even more reckless than ... More >>
Police arrested eight suspected robbers and shot one dead during a stake-out gone horribly wrong.It all started at about 4:30 a.m. on Saturday when HPD officers in the robbery and tactical operations divisions set up surveillance on a building at 1200 Oak Meadows, a little west of Pasadena. They ... More >>
Photos courtesy FBIThe FBI sounds highly annoyed at the latest Houston bank robber. Not because he robbed a bank -- anyone here is pretty much used to that sort of thing these days -- but because he was unspeakably rude while doing so.The "Big Bully," they're calling him.The headline on the relea ... More >>
Photos courtesy FBI The FBI usually tries hard to come up with a catchy nickname or description for the bank robbers they seek, but this time the robber did all the work himself.We're guessing -- and we freely admit we could be wrong -- that the population of black transvestites in the sleepy rur ... More >>
He's older and well dressed, robbing a bank. A couple bank robberies this week in the area have us wondering if it's too easy to rob a bank these days. Take the "older, well dressed man" who robbed a bank yesterday in northwest Houston:He approached the teller counter and took the teller by sur ... More >>
As faithful Hair Balls readers know, Houston loves it some bank robbin'. The FBI office here eagerly hands out nicknames to robbers (Best one yet: the fiend called "Read My Lips" because he has some ailment that discolors his lips).We've had polite robbers, reckless robbers, guys dressed as construc ... More >>
Here's today's tip for Houston bank robbers: If the FBI's press release about you is able to note a detail like "he even had a skull tattooed on the back of his head," you're probably not taking that extra step to disguise your identity.Now, if you hang out in a colony of a couple thousand people wh ... More >>
Photo courtesy FBIBank robbers had a banner year in Houston in 2008, but it appears 2009 is going to be even better. (Or worse, if you're a law-abiding citizen.)FBI Special Agent Patricia Villafranca says robberies are up in a big, big way: "The Houston Bank Robbery Task Force, which investigates ba ... More >>
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Photo courtesy Conroe PDYou know the expression, "Don't shit where you eat?" Well, you could probably add "Don't rob your own employer or you'll be recognized and arrested" to the list.Earlier today, the FBI and Conroe Police Department announced that 20-plus year Conroe PD veteran Sgt. Michael Tind ... More >>
The FBI always comes up with cool names for bank robbers, and the G-Men (and G-Women) didn't let Hair Balls down today: following a robbery at the midtown Wachovia Bank this mornings, authorities nabbed a suspect with freakishly colored lips. And now the FBI thinks he might be "Read My Lips" - a uni ... More >>
The "Reckless Robber" has struck again.Although if he's so "reckless," as the FBI has dubbed him, why's he so successful?Maybe it's the silver hair. ("This unique fellow spray paints his hair silver prior to his robberies, perhaps thinking it makes him harder to recognize!" says FBI spokeswoman Patr ... More >>
Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Houston Bank Robbery Task Force were probably still nursing their hangovers when they were called to not one but two bank robberies on the first business day of the new year.
Famous bank robber Willie Sutton -- who lived in a time when bank robbers became famous -- was once asked why he robbed banks."Because that's where the money is," he replied.So probably we shouldn't be surprised that Houston's rash of bank robberies (it's been a record-setting year) has come to incl ... More >>
Bank robberies are sprouting up like bankruptcies all over the Houston area, and the FBI and Crime Stoppers has decided to do something about it -- break out the nicknames.The two organizations officially announced today a list of the "Dirty Dozen" bank robbers in the Houston area, including "The No ... More >>
First, a botched robbery case. Now, a botched punishment for the HPD cop involved.
Sometimes in the game of cops and robbers, telling your story is no defense
Robert Conran jumped from the frying pan and into the fire. Then they turned up the heat.
A roving band of young men took to the streets of Montrose, committing more than 20 armed robberies in one week, police say. One guy was shot. No one was killed. A lot of people were terrified. Most times, the robbers' "loot" was a couple of bucks.
Kingwood High friends say the girls were "Sweet." Adults say "Well-Mannered." Cops say "armed robbers."
Asian crime is growing. Asian immigrants are its main target. And the HPD hasn't a clue what to do.