Skip to comments.Police: Jewelry store robbers threaten to kill woman, 77
Posted on 10/12/2012 6:02:25 PM PDT by Cicero
CONROE, Texas - A jewelry store owner fired shots at three people who tried to rob him and threatened to kill his mother on Wednesday.
Conroe police said two men and a woman walked into Wilkins Jewelry, 1712 N. Frazier St., about 10:30 a.m. One of the men asked Mitch Wilkins about getting a ring cleaned while the other man and the woman asked Wilkins' 77-year-old mother for help picking something out.
Detectives said the men pulled out guns. Wilkins said he was pistol-whipped.
"He vaulted over this case, and when I turned around he had a pistol in my face," Wilkins said. "He was telling me, 'Don't move. Don't move.'"
The attackers put a gun to Wilkins' mother's head, officials said.
"There was a gun to my face," said Wilkins' mother, Shirley. "(The man was) saying, 'I'll shoot! I'll shoot!' My hands were being held."
Wilkins and his mother both fought back.
"We fell to the ground and he tried to shoot me," Wilkins said.
"I wrestled with her and and I think I broke her finger," Shirley said.
Wilkins said he wrestled the gun away from one of the men. When it fell to his ground, his mother grabbed the gun, handed it to him and he opened fire.
The store owner suffered minor injuries during the fight, but it appeared that no one was wounded by gunfire.
A man and a woman were taken into custody a short time later. They have not been charged, investigators said.
Police said they are looking for the second man. He was described as Hispanic, in his 30s with an average height and build. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and khaki shorts.
Anyone with information is asked to call Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 800-392-STOP.
My wife,Traci, was at home; she crashed her Harley Davidson a week ago Monday last .... and still getting over that; broken wrist, cut on her spleen and a fractured disc. My Dad had yet to show up at the store as he's usually not there till 11, we open at 10:00 and it happened about 10:30 and change.
I grabbed the guys pistol hand (not all to well I might add) and the fight was on. All said, at least 6 rounds of .38 special fired there in the front of the store and no one hit, but weve not found/examined the one guy that got away; maybe I got lucky. Ive got staples in my scalp and lots of bruises and knocks from the fight but Im ok and, sos my Mother.
They got nothing, not a cent. I shot at them with their own pistol , and ran across two parking lots (mine and the stop-n-go next door to the south) on foot; pistol in hand, and caught them stopped (complete idiots...) at the stoplight with a car both in front and back of them . They did a quick U-turn across traffic and through the car detail places parking lot ajacent to the stopn go where I confronted them trying to get away from me and thats when I got the license plate #. Two are in custody, caught within blocks of the store, and one at large. The police first thought at least one was wounded but later figured out the blood trail across the two parking lots was mine.
Mike Tyson once said "everyone's got a plan, until they get punched in the face" ... I could'nt agree more. This guy sure had a plan, but it didn't go like he thought it would, I've always "thought" I'd know what to do if robbed, but I forgot all that cool Kung-Foo sh*t I learned on TV the second he stuck that gun in my face. In the end you'll do what you'll do... I fought it out; and I'm lucky to be writing yaw'll this note.
Im renaming my store OK Corral Jewelry Co.
final score: we win.
The two links from his post in the forum, the second going to the article posted here:
Oh, and we got this comment on another thread, today:
And... I’m all better now save for some knocks and bangs. We were back open yesterday! Now they’re replacing glass. I’m saving a piece with a bullet hole for the wall.
So glad it ended well for this fellow. His mother is one tough cookie. Good for her, too.
What’s the chance in TX that these guys will be back on the streets before his stitches are out?
Yeah. I don’t know if he had a gun of his own in the store and just didn’t have time to get to it. From the way he writes, he seems to understand guns, anyway.
My first reaction was twofold. First, they were darned lucky it turned out well. Second, some people freeze up in an emergency like this. But he and his mother didn’t do that. And they both seem to have handled it well enough in the circumstances.
They both didn’t fear - perhaps that is what through off their attackers. They are used to/hoping for submissiveness. Big kudos to mom and son. Hopefully, they will install camera’s and a button behind the counter to a security company.
That’s an awesome post. ^5 to him from me for the whole thing.
I didn’t know this and that jewelry store is about a mile from my house. This is upsetting it was so close to me. I’m glad they weren’t hurt.