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    May 20, 2014

    Crooks Target Dollar Store and SWAT Team Comes Out

    A SWAT team answered a call to a Family Dollar store last night, according to authorities. A pair of masked robbers mugged a patron and tried to knock over the store. Reports say two workers in the store hit a panic button and fled to the rear of the place. The alleged robbers fired inside, but no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Robber Brought a Gun to a Lawnmower Fight

    When your life is on the line, at the wrong end of a pistol, you really have to do whatever you can to ensure you survive. Case in point: The north Harris County man who last week used his own lawnmower after being attacked for his wallet. According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, there are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Is Your Chevy on Some Drug Gang's Radar?

    When the Houston Police Department releases its monthly list of the most stolen vehicles, the makes and models rarely change. What does move the needle a bit, however, is the total number of vehicles stolen each year. According to police, there were just over 13,500 thefts last year, a 4 percent inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Missouri City Bank Robbery Suspect Grabs Loot, Gets Away on Kiddie Bike

    At first, cops must've thought it was some kind of prank. A guy walks into a bank on Wednesday afternoon, asks for some money and walks out. His getaway car, though? A little kiddie bike. Maybe drugs were involved, who knows. But this guy committed a federal crime in broad daylight and then pedals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    Bank Robbing Lady Declares "I'm Back" When Hitting Same Bank for the Second Time This Month

    When robbers make multiple robbery attempts, they are often called brazen, but when the robber in question is a older woman with a penchant for hoodies making her look like a Sith Lord, how should we describe her? Brazen seems almost too masculine. Perhaps she has gumption or spunk. Or maybe she's j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Two Charged in Bike Trail Rape, Robberies

    Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with a sexual assault and string of robberies on the Terry Hershey Park bike trail. Damontres Darnell Mitchell and Jassan Rashaad Hughes, both 18, are each charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of aggravated robbery w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Houston Leads the Nation in Armored-Car Robberies

    You may have seen The Town, a Ben Affleck-directed movie about a crew of armored-car robbers from Charlestown, a Boston-area neighborhood known for producing armored-car robbers. Houston, it seems, has become the new Charlestown. As the New York Times reports, the Houston metropolitan area has seen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Bike Trail Robberies: Police Arrest Nine Kids

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Suspect Sought in Gas Station Robberies: Anyone Know This Dude?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Bank Robbery Breakdown: Fresh, CT, Mikey Poo, Little Kevin, Crybaby & Nine Others Headed To Prison

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    FBI Offering $10K "Quick Christmas Cash" for Help Apprehending Bank Robber

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Sketches of AT&T Robbery Suspects -- Including One Who Is "Big Boned" -- Released by Police

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Amegy Bank Gets Hit by "Wedding Band Bandit" Who May be Divorced Soon if His Wife Sees This

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    3 Men Suspected in at Least 9 Robberies at ATMs in 9 Days, HPD Says

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Cop On Traffic Stop Hit By Near-By Robber's Bullet

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Braylon Lionell Marshall: Inside The Addled Mind Of An Alleged Bank Robber

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Um, Thanks? FBI Releases Exceedingly Unhelpful Pictures Of Most-Wanted Houston Bank Robbers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    A Courtly Hat Tip Says "It's Been My Pleasure To Rob Your Bank This Morning, Miss"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Walmart Robbery Suspect Photos Released: Camouflage Hat & All

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Adrian Comstock & Patricia Hickman: Your Odd Robbery Couple of the Day, Fresh Off a Gunfight with a 59-Year-Old Woman

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    John "Steven" Stark: The FBI Defends Calling This Dude "Tall, Dark & Handsome" (UPDATED)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Patrick Simmons: Most-Wanted Bank Robber Turns Himself In

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Unidentified Robber Crushed by Pursuing Car, Bayou Body Count No. 107

    Robbery gone wrong​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Trickle-Down Economics: Bank Robber So Successful He's Hired Help

    Help wanted: Bank robbery is a growing field​Who 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Emilio Villanueva: Teen Bandit Foiled by Stubborn Power Cord (Allegedly)

    Emilio Villanueva​For 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Ten Houston Neighborhoods: The Crimes They Experience

    Paging McGruff the Crime Dog​We'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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Saturnino Aguerta, 57, Bayou Body Count No. 302

    Shot to death in a robbery​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    FBI Now Criticizing Bank Robbers For Rudeness

    Rudy can't fail​We'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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Guy Robs Bank, Gets Away In Taxi -- In Houston(!)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    You Think I'm A Bank Robber Just Because Of The Way I'm Dressed?

    Photo courtesy FBIOkay, yeah, I'm a bank robber​Some 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Bank Robbery Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Criminals?

    Few of today's bank robbers look like Johnny Depp​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Reckless Robber: He's Reckless No More (Probably)

    That man was so reckless​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Rosalio Ledesma, 28, Bayou Body Count No. 71

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Bank Robbers Aren't Even Trying Hard These Days

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Texas Tries, But Can't Lead The Nation In Bank Robberies

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Proud Of Your Tattoos -- Even During A Bank Robbery

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Smoove B Robs A Bellaire Bank

    There's been so many bank robberies in Houston that the FBI seems to be getting bored with them.They've come up with names like the "Reckless Robber" and they've criticized perps for looking unclean. But in the face of a smooth-talking playah, they are in awe.Notifying media of the latest robbery, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Bank Robberies Continue To Soar In Houston

    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 >>

  • News

    April 2, 2009

    Axman at the Houston Chronicle and Bank-Robbing Cops

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Cop Moonlights At Bank, Robs It, Gets Recognized

    You 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 Tindall has been charged in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Read My Lips. My Freakishly Colored Lips.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    He's Not Only Silver-Haired, He's Reckless

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    The First Two Local Bank Robberies of the New Year in Houston

    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.

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    November 25, 2008

    Houston Now Has A "Dirty Dozen" Bank Robbers; Nickname Expected To Result In Arrests Soon

    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 >>

  • News

    February 17, 2005

    Three Days Too Many

    First, a botched robbery case. Now, a botched punishment for the HPD cop involved.

  • News

    August 26, 2004

    Truth and Consequences

    Sometimes in the game of cops and robbers, telling your story is no defense

  • Music

    June 20, 2002

    In Search of Lost Time

    Robert Conran jumped from the frying pan and into the fire. Then they turned up the heat.

  • News

    December 14, 2000

    The Big Score

    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.

  • News

    September 16, 1999

    Nice Girls With Guns

    Kingwood High friends say the girls were "Sweet." Adults say "Well-Mannered." Cops say "armed robbers."

  • News

    July 14, 1994

    The Gangs Among Us

    Asian crime is growing. Asian immigrants are its main target. And the HPD hasn't a clue what to do.

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