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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.

JGA/JFC 3-31-05
Inc #048422305

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.