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Houston Car Holdups are happening right now
Houston Chronicle ^ | 3/4/05 | PEGGY O'HARE

Posted on 03/03/2004 2:48:56 PM PST by kinghorse

A woman shot during a robbery attempt in an upscale shopping center in the Rice Village this afternoon is expected to survive, police said.

The 30-year-old woman was shot once, the bullet traveling from her left arm into her left breast and exiting through her right breast. She was in surgery at Ben Taub Hospital this afternoon and was reported to be in good condition.

She had gone to the shopping center to collect money from a client.

Leaving a blood-spattered trail, she ran a long distance from her car to a nearby restaurant for help after the incident occurred about 2:10 p.m.

The woman told people trying to help her that she was in her 2001 Nissan Maxima in the parking garage of the Village Arcade Shopping Center, in the 2400 block of University near Morningside, when the gunman accosted her on the driver's side of her car.

He had pulled a pistol on her and told her "move over," said Houston Police Sgt. Al Giraldo. They struggled before she escaped through the passenger side of the car.

The gunman got away with her purse.

It was not immediately known what the gunman was after -- but it may have been an attempted carjacking, police said. Nearby shopkeepers reported hearing a scream and gunshots.

"I heard a scream, then a shot, then more screams," said Tito Briceno, who works at an Eddie Bauer store nearby. "It's a horrible thing, especially in this area. ... She said she didn't know this person. She was losing a lot of blood."

Witnesses sitting outside one of the shopping center's restaurants said they were just having their first beer when the wounded woman ran up asking for help.

"She was amazingly calm -- she told me everything that happened," said Dee Anna Chappell, a juvenile probation officer from the Dallas area.

"She was running and running and running. And we were like, 'Sweetheart, you need to sit down.'

"I don't think if I had been shot like that that I'd have handled it as well as she did," Chappell said.

The victim was coherent enough to tell bystanders her dog is in the hospital, Chappell said.

The woman was apparently taken by surprise since her keys were still in the ignition.

A large notepad was dropped on the ground outside the car.

She ran into Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill, where employees tried to keep her calm until paramedics arrived.

"It took the ambulance 15 to 17 minutes to get here. I couldn't believe it. Here in the medical center," said Ryan Snyder, assistant manager at Kubo's.

The woman described the man who took her purse as a white man, about 30 years old, black hair, possible eyeglasses, and wearing a black jacket, black shirt and blue jeans.

Shortly after the shooting, a security guard saw another man with a purse under his arm who may have been the gunman's accomplice, Giraldo said.

That man ran away when security approached him. He is described as white, about 30, with a bald head and a beard, about 5-foot-11, wearing a gray jogging suit with a white stripe.

Both men remain at large.


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Some people are roaming Houston streets right now trying to hold people up and it would seem very willing to unload their revolver into non-compliant victims.

I saw this first hand last night in another part of town, similar circumstances although no shots were fired.

I was filling up my car at the Exxon on Memorial and Highway 6 around 7:00 PM. While inside the store a lady came in to report someone in a dark colored small SUV/Jeep (actually and man and a woman) pulled a gun on her while she was gassing up and told her to give them her purse. She said no, another car pulled up at the same time and the crooks got nervous and drove off. She said she thought they had a toy gun. Incredibly lucky of her to avoid getting shot.

I guess they came up on the HWY 6 side where she was gassing up because it would be easy off, easy on and a short trip to I-10 without a chance of being blocked in while trying to leave the station.

We called the police for her while inside the station and she filed her report. Be alert.

1 posted on 03/03/2004 2:48:56 PM PST by kinghorse
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To: kinghorse
"It took the ambulance 15 to 17 minutes to get here. I couldn't believe it. Here in the medical center," said Ryan Snyder, assistant manager at Kubo's.
2 posted on 03/03/2004 2:52:23 PM PST by KantianBurke (Principles, not blind loyalty)
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To: kinghorse
We were told to take extra precautions in our area, which is right in the middle of an area that has become hot for armed robbery. About fifteen places around us have been hit, which is so suprising because it's such a busy populated area.
3 posted on 03/03/2004 2:54:25 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: kinghorse
15 to 17 minutes is a lousy response time for a GSW.
4 posted on 03/03/2004 2:56:13 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: kinghorse
This line jumped out at me:

"Witnesses sitting outside one of the shopping center's restaurants said they were just having their first beer when the wounded woman ran up asking for help."

having their first beer at two in the afternoon? Odd.

5 posted on 03/03/2004 2:56:26 PM PST by EggsAckley (..................IGNORE the trolls...................it drives them crazy)
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To: kinghorse
The answer is the RKBA.
6 posted on 03/03/2004 2:58:29 PM PST by Spok
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To: EggsAckley
having their first beer at two in the afternoon? Odd.

They must have overslept. :P

7 posted on 03/03/2004 3:01:05 PM PST by Bacon Man (Beware the lollipop of mediocrity. Lick once and you suck forever.)
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To: EggsAckley
having their first beer at two in the afternoon? Odd.

Yeah, most are on their third or fourth by then.

8 posted on 03/03/2004 3:01:23 PM PST by Moonman62
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To: EggsAckley
having their first beer at two in the afternoon? Odd

You've never been to Houston, have you?





Just joking, everyone.

9 posted on 03/03/2004 3:02:00 PM PST by dpa5923 (Small minds talk about people, normal minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas.)
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To: kinghorse
1) This is the fourth largest city in the country, and we do have a share of scumbags.

2) These perps are running a large risk of getting shot dead, as lots of people carry both legally and illegally, and no jury here would ever convict the victims, and most likely would never indict them.
10 posted on 03/03/2004 3:03:07 PM PST by jimt
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To: kinghorse
Houston Car Holdups are happening right now

Well, dammit. I gotta get in my car sometime . . . home and Xena's Guy and the Dread Boston Salty await. What to do?
11 posted on 03/03/2004 3:04:18 PM PST by Xenalyte (I may not agree with your bumper sticker, but I shall defend to the death your right to stick it)
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To: EggsAckley
having their first beer at two in the afternoon? Odd.

Very odd. By 2:00 p.m.,they should have been on their third or fourth pint.

12 posted on 03/03/2004 3:04:35 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: EggsAckley
Also, in case you were unaware, Rice Village (as in the University) is where a lot of college kids hang out.
13 posted on 03/03/2004 3:12:44 PM PST by ruiner
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To: EggsAckley
Way-all this IS Texas...

Seriesly, my friends ate at that restaurant for lunch today. They must have left about a half hour before it happened. We usually park in that garage. I'm in the medical center right nearby and I have to walk a klick to get to my car in the "South Extension Lot". Lovely to know there are shooters cruising around.
14 posted on 03/03/2004 3:14:52 PM PST by johnb838 (Boycott all Hollywood movies besides the Passion during Lent.)
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No offense, but it's a bit of a stretch to tie the two events together and call them related.

Both locations are not exactly what I'd call "bad" parts of town--the ExxonMobil station is in the heart of what we call the "Energy Corridor", home to many major oil and oil service companies here in town (BP's main campus here in town is about a quarter-mile from that Exxon station).

Rice Village is a pretty nifty part of town, too, bordering the Med Center and Rice Univ. In broad daylight, too.

Pretty gutsy.
15 posted on 03/03/2004 3:15:17 PM PST by LincolnLover
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To: dpa5923
Just joking, everyone.

But not really…

I lived around Houston from 2 years of age until about 25 years of age. Spent a lot of time in SE Texas and SW Louisiana afterwards. There were entire years where we’d have a 12 pack in us by noon… the serious drinking started later on after work.

That’s not a lie or exaggeration, BTW.

16 posted on 03/03/2004 3:16:08 PM PST by Who dat?
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To: Xenalyte
Xena's Guy and the Dread Boston Salty

I understand Xena's Guy ... but Dread Boston Salty ? Do we want to know ?

17 posted on 03/03/2004 3:16:57 PM PST by Centurion2000 (Resolve to perform what you must; perform without fail that what you resolve.)
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To: ruiner
Houston? Heck, this is happens EVERY day in Houston.

SLIME IN THE ICE MACHINE . . . .
18 posted on 03/03/2004 3:19:21 PM PST by PokeyJoe (Did somebody say "holy war?")
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To: kinghorse
The woman described the man who took her purse as a white man, about 30 years old, black hair, possible eyeglasses, and wearing a black jacket, black shirt and blue jeans.

OMG! THAT'S M...

I mean, I've been Freeping all day. How have you been?

19 posted on 03/03/2004 3:19:55 PM PST by Lazamataz (How to turn a 'Basher into a 'Bot: LET THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN SUNSET!!!!)
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To: LincolnLover
I don't care if they are related. I do care that I witnessed this first hand last night and would feel awful if it happened to another when they could have been warned.
20 posted on 03/03/2004 3:20:35 PM PST by kinghorse
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