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

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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.

According to the FBI press release:

On January 2, 2009 at approximately 2:00 p.m., a lone black male entered the Wachovia Bank at 10009 Almeda Genoa Road. He pointed a black semi-automatic pistol at employees and demanded cash. Witnesses say he then fled the bank in an older model sedan, possibly an Oldsmobile, teal green in color.

The robber is described as a black male, 24-26 years old, 5'09" to 5'10" tall, 175 pounds, medium build. He had a goatee, and tattoos on his right arm and on the left side of his neck. There was possibly a mole on his cheek.

At about 4:30 p.m., just as investigators were finishing up the investigation at the Wachovia Bank, a second robber entered the First Convenience Bank within the Fiesta Supermarket at 5600 Mykawa. The man approached the teller and inquired about opening an account. He then left the bank, presumably to get some identification. He returned a few minutes later and presented the teller with a note indicating that he had a gun. Once he had obtained the cash, he left the bank on foot.

He is described as a black male, 35-45 years old, 5'04" to 5'07" tall, 160-170 pounds, medium build, with a short black afro style haircut.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000.00 for information leading to the charging and arrest of these bank robbers, or any felony suspect. If you have information about these robberies, please call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 713-222-8477.

-- Margaret Downing

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