Memorial Villages PD responds to aggravated armed robbery
The Memorial Villages Police Department is investigating an aggravated armed robbery in Hunters Creek Village.
On Wednesday, Nov. 28, officers with Memorial Villages Police Department responded to a holdup alarm at Shell station at 8525 Katy Freeway.
According to Chief Ray Schultz’s weekly report, “Information was provided to officers that a black male wearing dark clothing that included a hoodie pulled tightly over his head and wearing a bandanna to cover his lower face had entered the store while armed with a rifle.”
The suspect then demanded money from both the cash register and the safe. The clerk could not open the safe but did open the register.
“The suspect grabbed bills from the cash drawer and ran out the door dropping some money along the way,” Schultz said. “The subject then entered a dark-colored Honda four-door sedan that was parked behind the business before exiting the area.”
Memorial Villages Police detectives responded to the scene and processed it for evidence that was submitted to the county laboratory for analysis.
“This particular incident is concerning because the suspect was armed with a rifle,” Schultz said. “This is dangerous due to the firepower of the weapon to the victim, responding officers and to the community.
“Fortunately, in this case the weapon was not used.”
Schultz went on to offer residents advice on what to look for when going to a convenience store in order to remain safe.
“This is another good example of how important it is to always scan your environment when out and about, day or night,” he said. “In this incident, it appears the suspect waited until the clerk was alone in the store and the crime only took a few seconds to be committed. However, an unsuspecting customer could have easily entered the store.”
Schultz said that when going to a convenience store:
Always look/scan for other customers (it should appear as, business as usual).
If you do not see anyone else, look for the store clerk or other employees. Their activities should be, business as usual/normal.
If at any time you do not feel comfortable, you should leave the area and do business elsewhere.
The police department will step up our patrols along the Katy Freeway Corridor and other thoroughfares in the Villages.
If anyone has more information regarding this crime or any other crimes in the Villages, call 713-365-3700 or visit www.mvpdtx.org.
Residents may also make reports to Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS or by reporting online at http://crime-stoppers.org.