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East End store owners fighting back [Houston]
chron.com ^ | 20 Dec 2010 | Paige Hewitt

Posted on 12/20/2010 12:16:10 AM PST by smokingfrog

Another robbery suspect dies as shop owners turn to deadly force to protect what's theirs.

Proprietors of small businesses in Houston's hardscrabble East End, resentful of criminals who can wreck their lives in a matter of moments, are striking back.

Twice in the past five days, business owners or their relatives have fatally shot robbers on the premises of their shops. Law enforcement officials are stepping up patrols and educational efforts, and owners of neighboring businesses are traumatized and angry.

"There's a lot of reason to be scared," said Guillermo Memo Villarreal, who owns a record shop midway between the scenes of the two recent robbery-shootings on Canal. "In one minute, they can destroy you."

On Saturday morning, police said, a man identified by police as the owner of Shew Food Market, in the 7500 block of Canal, shot a robber who was fleeing, along with an accomplice, after taking a bag containing a substantial sum of money.

Two men later showed up at Ben Taub General Hospital, where one of them, identified by police as Elton Guidry, died. His alleged accomplice, Corey Taylor, 31, was jailed without bail on a charge of robbery with bodily injury.

Just two days earlier, an afternoon robbery at Castillo Jewelry Store — just three miles away, in the 4500 block of Canal — ended in a bloodbath.

Robbers shot the owner, 52-year-old Ramon Castillo, in the abdomen, shoulder and legs, leaving him in critical condition Sunday. Castillo shot and killed the three armed robbers, who had tied up his wife of 30 years.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: banglist; houston

1 posted on 12/20/2010 12:16:14 AM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Four dead thugs, sounds like a good week to me.


2 posted on 12/20/2010 12:26:45 AM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: smokingfrog

I love Texas.


3 posted on 12/20/2010 12:30:34 AM PST by chuckles
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To: chuckles
I love Texas.

Texas deadly force statutes are very reasonable, indeed.

Deadly force may be used to stop anybody who is threatening your life or anyone else's life, or robbing you or anyone else, or stealing your or anyone else's property, or fleeing after committing a crime. Furthermore, the b*st*rds cannot sue anyone who legitimately uses deadly force to stop them.

Additionally, we have approximately 400,000 persons who are licensed to carry a concealed handgun. It is safe to assume that a substantial number of these individuals are packing a weapon when they are in public, unless they are in a place where it is illegal to do so (e.g. schools, sporting events, bars, etc.)

Bottom Line: Violent crime has dropped substantially and is continuing to fall in recent years despite a rapidly increasing population.

4 posted on 12/20/2010 1:11:06 AM PST by Zakeet (Always trust in the five G's: God, Gold, Guns, Grub, and the Government screwing up)
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To: smokingfrog
Robbers shot the owner, 52-year-old Ramon Castillo, in the abdomen, shoulder and legs, leaving him in critical condition Sunday. Castillo shot and killed the three armed robbers, who had tied up his wife of 30 years.

It's interesting to see the reaction of FR to this true American, interesting but not surprising. No one cares that his name is Hispanic. What matters is that he is a legal resident or citizen who is a a productive member of society - and who as a bonus acts like the rest of us real Americans or at least as we hope we would act. Unlike the bigoted liberals who use race as a weapon to try to intimidate conservatives, it seems in the several discussions on this shooting like our members are entirely indifferent to race. A great American once said that we should judge each other by the content of our character and not by the color of our skin. FR seems to have accepted that ideal, while today's Dems consider it racist.

5 posted on 12/20/2010 1:57:04 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: smokingfrog

More happy endings for these poor miguided youth who’s daddies did not love them.

Guess the Katrina effect is still in Houston.


6 posted on 12/20/2010 2:04:10 AM PST by Lessthantolerant (The State is diametrically opposed to our search for a better living.)
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To: smokingfrog

“Houston Police have identified two of the three robbers killed during a shootout with a jewelry store owner yesterday as Nelson Wilfredo Tambora-Ramiro, 21, and Onilton Bolanos Castillano, 38.

HPD spokesman Kese Smith said the two men had Honduran identification on them. He said their immigration status is uncertain.”

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7343008.html


7 posted on 12/20/2010 5:17:41 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: smokingfrog

Unfortunately, failure to police our borders contributes to a lawless society. While I believe most illegals would be generally law-abiding or at least nonviolent were they legalized, their very act in defying U.S. law to get into the country evidences an attitude of “laws are all right, so long as it benefits me but I will disregard laws which I find inconvenient.”

When a society based on the rule of law lets a critical mass of its residents disregard inconvenient laws, they are sowing the wind and will reap the whirlwind. Ironically, what made many of the illegals want to flee their own countries is the prevalent phenomenum in those countries that laws don’t apply to those in power. Each ruling group in those countries tends to use that time in power to ransack the government for itself and its friends until it is tossed out in favor of another ruling group which does the same thing. Those same pathologies are crossing the border with the illegals and the U.S. government ignores that inconvenient fact.


8 posted on 12/20/2010 5:42:07 AM PST by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things.)
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To: Lessthantolerant

My uncle in Houston says the Katrina effect is still in full swing and it’s the working poor areas like the Eastern Parts of Houston that are fighting back.

The dirty little secret the media do not want to talk about is it’s one ‘minority’ group engaged in violence with another.

If the situation does not involve a ‘white oppressor’, the media are befuddled on how to report it.


9 posted on 12/20/2010 5:55:39 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The perps in the food market robbery were named Elton Guidry and Corey Taylor.

I’m assuming you’re trying to blame the crime wave on illegal immigration. While that certainly contributes to Houston’s problems, that city has much bigger problems.

One of them was named Katrina, and another is home-grown thuggery. The underclass that produces it keeps electing Dems to run the place, which just reinforces the circle.

Parts of Houston are very, very scary places and have been for years.


10 posted on 12/20/2010 5:59:38 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: smokingfrog
Proprietors of small businesses in Houston's hardscrabble East End, resentful of criminals who can wreck their lives in a matter of moments, are striking back.


Way to go! Keep up the good shootin'!

[I wonder what percentage of these criminals are Katrina transplants?]

11 posted on 12/20/2010 6:07:49 AM PST by Condor51 (SAT CONG!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“He said their immigration status is uncertain.”

Oh, really?


12 posted on 12/20/2010 6:22:56 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Jedidah
I’m assuming you’re trying to blame the crime wave on illegal immigration. While that certainly contributes to Houston’s problems, that city has much bigger problems.

Sir, you assume too much.

I was going to post this same thread and saw it was already posted. I hit "front page" so it would get more coverage. I am thrilled these people fought back. Did you notice the victims in the story I linked were Hispanic?

I do believe illegals are causing much harm (I have a niece who has been in a vegetative state for 10 years (she'll be 28 this month) due to a drunk illegal alien driver (who had previously been cited for drunk driving in Phoenix AZ and was still in the U.S. and still driving drunk). And btw my niece is half Mexican.

I posted the new information about the criminals because it is important.

I also post stories sympathetic about minorities and the problems they face, as well as how public education is robbing people of their futures.

I have a problem with illegal.

13 posted on 12/20/2010 6:41:35 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: smokingfrog
Robbers shot the owner, 52-year-old Ramon Castillo, in the abdomen, shoulder and legs, leaving him in critical condition Sunday.

Prayers for Mr. Castillo ... "Greater love hath no man ..."

14 posted on 12/20/2010 6:52:09 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Pollster1
It's interesting to see the reaction of FR to this true American, interesting but not surprising. No one cares that his name is Hispanic.

You're right. I hadn't even noticed that until you just brought it up.

15 posted on 12/20/2010 7:00:33 AM PST by Bob
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To: smokingfrog

Self defense is a human right.


16 posted on 12/20/2010 7:02:06 AM PST by Weird Tolkienish Figure
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
He said their immigration status is uncertain.

In Houston, that means they are illegal, but we haven't "officially" received notice from ICE, and when we DO "officially" receive notice from ICE - the story will be too old to worry about correcting! TYPICAL!
17 posted on 12/20/2010 7:13:00 AM PST by ExTxMarine ("Convictions are more dangerous to truth than lies." ~ F. Nietzsche)
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To: Jedidah
Parts of Houston are very, very scary places and have been for years.

And just so you know, I've lived in the Houston area for 20 years.

18 posted on 12/20/2010 7:18:31 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: Pollster1

I totally agree with you, illegals need deportation and criminals need jail, or worse.


19 posted on 12/20/2010 8:03:49 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Liberals have no angle to blame whitey, while Hispanics with businesses battle criminal blacks.


20 posted on 12/20/2010 8:06:10 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Pollster1
Al Sharpton and the NYPD just had a gun buy-back program in Harlem this weekend and netted around 350 guns. Their idea for stopping crime and violence in the black community is to blame the illegal guns (illegal mostly due to NY gun laws). I bet the crime rate would drop considerably if there were more "legal guns."

"We see it as our way of turning swords into ploughshares."

21 posted on 12/20/2010 8:42:19 AM PST by smokingfrog (Do all the talking you want, but do what I tell you.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And I’ve been here for 27 years, all of it in the Heights. I started before it became gentrified - and expensive.


22 posted on 12/20/2010 9:53:31 AM PST by jimt
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To: Jedidah
One of them was named Katrina, and another is home-grown thuggery. The underclass that produces it keeps electing Dems to run the place, which just reinforces the circle.

If Texas severely cut back on welfare, the underclass would have to either get jobs (and thus exit the underclass) or move elsewhere. Either way, it would end the problem of underclass electing underclass-enablers.

23 posted on 12/20/2010 11:59:52 AM PST by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“.....their immigration status is uncertain.”

Don’t think it matters much now.


24 posted on 12/20/2010 4:14:01 PM PST by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: smokingfrog
His alleged accomplice, Corey Taylor, 31, was jailed without bail on a charge of robbery with bodily injury.

They should charge him with murder.

25 posted on 12/20/2010 5:08:15 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

HPD spokesman Kese Smith said the two men had Honduran identification on them. He said their immigration status is uncertain.””

I am 100% Norwegian by heritage. I don’t carry Norwegian Identification. I carry AMERICAN identification specific to the state in which I live.

IF these creeps are carrying out of country ID-—how can their status be in question?????


26 posted on 12/21/2010 12:31:40 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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