When two men tried to rob a woman during midday in a Katy, Texas parking lot, her husband stepped in and fired shots at the suspects.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to shots fired around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Randall’s store on Fry Road, ABC 13 reported. The couple had just finished grocery shopping and as they approached their vehicle a “black Cadillac SUV with two men in it pulled into a parking space in front of them.”
Husband saves wife’s life by shooting armed robbers. https://t.co/NIRpdeINAs
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One of the suspects exited the vehicle, brandished a gun, and told the woman to hand over her purse.
The husband then pulled out his gun and fired four shots at the suspects.
On the Fry Road Shooting: 2-3 males attempted to rob a female. Her husband was able to retrieve a pistol & shoot at the males, striking at least one. That male is in the hospital being treated.
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) December 29, 2018
Both suspects were shot but managed to flee a short distance in the vehicle. Moments later, the vehicle crashed and they took off running.
One of the suspects suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder. He made it to a fire station for assistance and passed out. He was taken to a nearby hospital by helicopter, treated for his injuries, and arrested.
The other suspect has not yet been apprehended. He is described as a black male, in his late teens to early 20s, and approximately five feet, four inches tall.
HCSO investigating after man shot at 2 to 3 robbery suspects in west Harris Co. https://t.co/V2rIc3Mnai
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Police believe the couple was targeted by the suspects, who they call “juggers,” when they went to the bank right before grocery shopping.
Texas police have been issuing warnings about an upsurge in “jugging” crimes recently — especially before and after the holidays, according to the Patch.
Authorities said it is important to make sure no one is following you, particularly after leaving the bank.
It is also common after exiting stores with high ticket purchases.
In Nov. 2018, Friendswood Texas Police video captured a jugger who broke into a woman’s vehicle and stole her recent bank withdrawal from a local Whataburger on West Bay Area Boulevard, KHOU 11 reported.
In Jan. 2018, a pair of suspects were arrested for “bank jugging” in the Houston area, Click 2 Houston reported.
Jamarcus Anderson and Ja-Ree Hutching-Allen were arrested after following a woman from a bank to a local grocery store. The pair broke into the woman’s vehicle and stole her cash.
HPD’s Northeast Tactical Units and Texas DPS troopers responded and arrested the suspects.
Houston police are frustrated and concerned that criminals like these keep getting out of jail.
Joe Gamaldi, the Houston Police Officers Union’s new president said, “Let’s be frank here, this just shows that the justice system here has some serious problems. This individual is 24 years old, he has 10 felony arrests, 10 in the last six years, yet he keeps getting back out.”