Incident at 12500 Westheimer
March 31, 2005 -- Houston police
are investigating a robbery in which shots were fired at 12500
Westheimer about 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday (March 30).
The suspects are two black males who left the
location in a dark Geo Prism.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant W.P. Booth and
Officer T. W. Miller reported:
The victim, Roberta Blain, was returning to work
carrying her purse. The suspects drove into the parking lot where
one of them exited the vehicle and approached the victim. One
of the suspects struggled for the victim's purse, spinning her
around and causing her to sustain a foot injury. The suspect grabbed
the purse and ran back to the vehicle. A Houston police officer
in full uniform was working an extra job at the victim's place
of employment when the incident took place. The officer observed
the robbery and he ran out of the business identifying himself
as a police officer. The officer ordered the suspect to stop and
the suspect turned towards the officer with his hand by the waistband
of his pants. The officer believed the suspect was reaching for
a weapon and he fired several shots at the suspect. The suspect
got back into the vehicle and traveled south on Dairy Ashford.
The officer and several
coworkers of the victim attempted to chase the suspects on foot
but were unsuccessful. An off-duty officer observed the vehicle
leaving the scene and followed the suspects to the 11500 block
of Westpark. The driver (suspect #2) was apprehended and the other
suspect fled on foot and was last seen running east on Westpark.
Officers in the area searched for the suspect but were not able
to find him. The vehicle was struck once by a bullet and there
is no indication that the wanted suspect had been shot.
As in all officer-involved shootings, the HPD
Internal Affairs and Homicide Divisions, and the Harris County
District Attorney's office are investigating this incident.
Anyone with information on the wanted suspect
is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600
or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.