Police: Man accused in armed robbery leaves his cell phone in victim’s car – here’s who cops are searching for

HOUSTON, TX – Police in Houston are currently searching for two men that were featured in a picture that was recovered from a cell phone that a suspect allegedly left behind in a stolen vehicle after robbing a woman at gunpoint Back in December of 2020.

According to authorities, the robbery occurred on December 30th of 2020 along the 9500 block of Fairland.

HPD photo of two wanted suspects
Two suspects from recovered cell phone – Houston Police Department

At approximately 7:00 p.m. that evening, the female victim had reportedly met up with one of the suspects as she believed the suspect was trying to sell her an iPhone that she had seen advertised online.

During the misleading encounter, the victim told Houston Police that the man she had met with under the pretense of purchasing the iPhone, had instead produced a gun and ordered her to hand over everything of value she had on her person.

While this woman was being robbed at gunpoint, police say a second man had pulled up in a blue Toyota Camry and had joined the other suspect in the robbery that was taking place – helping search the victim for any valuables she might possess.

The victim was relieved of her car keys, among other things, and one suspect left the scene in the blue Toyota Camry and another suspect drove away in the victim’s own car.

Police were said to have later located the woman’s vehicle, albeit unoccupied at the time, on January 2nd along the 3600 block of Rosemont.

When the victim had her car returned, she reportedly located a cell phone inside of her purse, which was inside of the recovered vehicle. Within said cell phone was an image that she claims is of the two suspects that robbed her back in December.

Houston police have since shared the image found on the cell phone but have yet to identify the two suspects featured in the photo. Authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in helping identify the two individuals featured in the photo.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact either the HPD directly or call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477). Information that leads to an arrest and/or conviction can receive up to $5,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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In other ongoing investigations in Houston, police are searching for a gunman who opened fire on a couple and their dog while they were trapped inside of their vehicle and surrounded by an aggressive mob. 

Here’s that previous report. 


HOUSTON, TX – During the early morning hours of January 25th, a couple in West Houston was simply trying to drive home when calamity that could’ve ended their lives struck them.

This couple, along with their dog, had just so happened to encounter what can be described as a “street takeover” of miscreants blocking an intersection and using their vehicles to do the likes of donuts in the illegally blocked off area.

Video captured the moments of when this menacing crowd then decided to hone in on this couple’s vehicle, which resulted in one man from the crowd firing two shots at their vehicle as they sped away from the hostile mob.

The man who was driving the vehicle that was shot at, which hosted his fiancée and dog inside, did not identify himself by name when speaking to media outlets but described the scene that he encountered at the intersection of Enclave Parkway in Forkland Drive:

“People getting out of their cars everywhere… It was just surreal just to stop and not be able to do anything just a complete street takeover.”

While this couple were at said intersection, they realized that due to numerous vehicles being double parked along the area they were unable to turn their vehicle around and go the other way.

In a sense, they were just stuck; unable to turn around and unable to move forward due to the crowd that amassed at the intersection.

At some point while being stuck in this blockage, the driver of the vehicle said that someone holding a megaphone had noticed their vehicle and began to have the crowd surround the car due to it not being part and parcel with the street takeover:

“The crowd figured out it was a Tesla and had cameras, and this was going to capture everything that was going on around them, and on top of that, they realized that we were calling the police.”

“Sure enough, we did. And they were going to take it out on us; and weren’t going to let us through.”

Video shows the tense moments that transpired once the crowd descended upon the vehicle, showing numerous people hitting the car door windows while the small dog in the back seat was barking and the driver of the vehicle seemed to be staring straight ahead.

The driver said in those moments both he and his fiancée were wondering if they were going to get killed by the crowd:

“I was seriously wondering if we were going to get killed that night.”

And then, as also seen on the video, an opening presented itself at the intersection and the driver of the vehicle floored the gas and got out of there.

It was in that instance where the driver made a break for it, that video captured a male in a baseball cap shooting at the couple’s vehicle two times:

“That was frightening, just scary… Just to see that for no reason whatsoever, for him to just shoot at us as we were trying to get out of the way; just literally get out of there.”

Houston police are reportedly aggressively working this case and are trying to identify and catch the gunman featured in the video, which officials believe that the man will be facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon upon his arrest.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to call The Houston Crimestoppers at 713-521-4600.


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