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Houston Police ask public for clues in May 24th armed robbery

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On Thursday, June 5, the Houston Police Department held a press conference in the media room of the downtown headquarters to ask the public to help in identifying and locating the perpetrators of an armed robbery at 7000 North Freeway at about 12:50 PM on May 24.

HPD issued the following statement:

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On Thursday, June 5, the Houston Police Department held a press conference in the media room of the downtown headquarters to ask the public to help in identifying and locating the perpetrators of an armed robbery at 7000 North Freeway at about 12:50 PM on May 24.

“The suspects are described only as black males. One was armed with a semiautomatic pistol. He is about 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs about 170 pounds, was wearing a black T-shirt and has several tattoos on his face. The second suspect is about 5 feet 11 inches tall, 170 pounds and has long braids, a mustache and goatee. The suspect was wearing a black T-shirt and Chicago Bulls cap.

Surveillance video of the suspects is posted on the HPD YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLpjcjj9Iw0. Surveillance photos of the suspects are attached to this news release.

The two suspects entered the EZ Pawn Loan Services at the above address. The suspect in the Bulls cap walked to the counter and asked about getting a loan. As the employee retrieved the loan paperwork, the other suspect pulled a gun, jumped the counter, pointed the gun at the employee and demanded money. The suspects stole money from a safe and the employee's cell phone. Both suspects then fled on foot.”

Police Officer Kim Nealy discussed offered additional details of the case in response to journalists' questions at the news conference The suspects appeared to know the layout of the loan office well. They knew exactly where the safe was located, and the movements the attendant would make to begin a loan application. They were also aware that she wore a panic alarm on a chain around her neck. When one robber jumped the counter, he ordered the clerk to kneel down and remain still. At that point, he stole her alarm and cell phone while the other robber came around the counter and began to access the cash drawers. The attendant was ordered to open the safe. The attendant was working alone at the time of the robbery, and there were no other customers in the business. On the other hand, they made no attempt to conceal their identities. One had a tattoo in the shape of a tear, the other had a tattoo in the shape of a dollar sign. The robbers escaped with a “significant” amount of cash. The announcements were repeated in Spanish with additional questions from journalists.

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