Update: One Suspect Arrested, Another Sought in Robbery at 6607 Ashcroft
April 26, 2016 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the robbery of a check cashing business at 6607 Ashcroft about 8 a.m. on February 29.
The suspect, Samuel Raymond Espino (H/m, 27), is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in the 177th State District Court. A second unidentified suspect remains at large.
A photo of suspect Espino is attached to this news release.
The wanted suspect is described only as a Hispanic male. Surveillance video of the suspect previously released to the media can be viewed on the HPD YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/fXnJd14WG3U. Surveillance photos of the wanted suspect are attached to this news release.
An employee of the "Envios Y Mas" check cashing store arrived at the above address and was opening the business when she saw a Hispanic male outside the store, whom she recognized as a regular customer. The male told her he needed to send money and followed the employee inside. The suspect then pulled out a gun and forced the employee into a back area where she was forced to open drawers while he took money.
A second employee entered the store, witnessed the robbery and attempted to leave. A second suspect came up behind the employee and then forced her back inside the business at gunpoint. Both employees were taken to the back of the business and bound. The suspects fled the scene with cash from the business.
Further investigation identified Espino as a suspect in this case. Acting on a Crime Stoppers tip, Espino was taken into custody on April 6 by deputies of the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office.
Anyone with information on the identity of the wanted suspect in this case is urged to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Samuel Raymond Espino
Update: VHS/JFC 4-26-16
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