Skip to comments.HPD: Robber shot, killed by customer at taqueria in SW Houston
Posted on 01/07/2023 11:54:16 AM PST by lowbridge
A customer at Ranchito Taqueria shot and killed a man who robbed the restaurant in southwest Houston late Thursday night, according to the Houston Police Department.
It happened just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant on S. Gessner near Bellaire Boulevard.
Houston police said the armed man in a mask came inside the restaurant, demanding money and wallets from customers. However, as he was leaving, one of those customers shot the suspect.
The incident was caught on surveillance video.
Houston police also released surveillance photos of the customer who shot the robber in the video. Investigators said he is wanted for questioning for his role in the shooting. He has not been identified and is not charged at this time.
A photo of his 1970s or 80s model pickup truck with no bed was also released
The shooter collected the stolen money from the robber and returned it to the other patrons, police said. Then the rest of the people in the restaurant left the scene before the police arrived.
No one else in the restaurant was injured. Investigators said the suspect ended up not having a real gun.
“The robbery suspect he came into the store and was wearing masks and gloves,” HPD Lt. Wilkens said. “He had a plastic pistol possibly an aero soft or possibly a little BB pistol.”
The surveillance video shows the shooting going down. It shows customers, witnesses, and the shooter leaving the scene right after the shooting.
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(Houston police said the armed man in a mask came inside the restaurant, demanding money and wallets from customers.)
Yeah, that seems like a bad idea.
Nice shootin’, Tex!
I like happy endings!
They’ll find this guy eventually. My advice? Don’t even talk to the police. Nothing. There’s no obligation to talk to them, and they have nothing to charge him with. So don’t open your mouth and give them a reason to come up with something.
Don't commit robberies with fake guns in Texas because a lot of Texans have real guns.
On a related note, my 11-yo son received as a gift a Beretta Airsoft gun that looks and feels exactly like a real handgun. It's even made of metal. The orange tip, mandated by federal law, so I've heard, comes right off.
“He had a plastic pistol possibly an aero soft or possibly a little BB pistol.”
Not a good idea to bring a fake weapon into a joint where REAL weapons are permitted.
Make sure he knows to drop it if a cop sees him.
... brings this to mind ...
Who said the suspect was leaving? Damn liars...
The suspect was walking right towards a seated customer near the door with his gun pointed right at the patron.
Good legitimate shoot.
So a punk pulls out what looks like a bona fide pistol and you are going to take the time to ask, “Excuse me Mr Criminal sir. Is that a real pistol or a BB gun?”.
Yeah. I can see that happening.
“What’s Fonzie like, Yolanda?”
If`n the all cops would get out of their cars for good and walk the beat, they might even deter these robberies by their mere being on the sidewalks 24/7.. They might even hear gunshots as they happen..... duuuuhhhhh Crooks aren`t robbing restaurants in their cars, not robbing drive-thru`s.....
If it walks like a crook,
the cop has to walk also.
Otherwise the cop is deaf, dumb and blind and comes later when it`s all over and he doesn`t even know what the hello was going on.
My cat is smarter than a cop.
She will watch , look, and listen for a mouse.
Cops are dumber than my cat.
Even a 3rd grader with a cat can figure this one out.
In Texas, it can be a suicidal idea.
The only reason the hero shooter fled the scene is possibly because he had a criminal record and might have been prohibited from having a gun. Just a guess.
Why even investigate this? Unless the police want to REWARD the shooter. Sounds like eveyone got their stuff and money back.
Because cops hate it when anyone does their job for them.
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