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Three men beat, rob clerk and customer at gas station

8:37 AM Fri, Dec 21, 2007 |
Adrienne
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Houston police are looking for three men behind a violent robbery at a Valero gas station.

They hit the location at Wilcrest and Briar Forest in West Houston around 1:30 a.m. Friday.
All three wore masks and carried guns.
The clerk said they demanded cash from the register but then turned their attention to the safe.
He said when he told them he didn’t know how to open it, they said they were going to kill him.
Then they pistol-whipped the clerk in the face and also hit and robbed a customer.
Both victims will be OK. Investigators believe the men are behind other robberies and will strike again.



16 Comments

Pamela J said:

OMG…This neighborhood use to be so safe and secure now I am afraid to drive down the street late at night cause of the high volume of crime.

Tony said:

Hmmm. Dem Katrina folk be at it again….It was such a nice older neighborhood to live in, but the high volume of vacant apts available to storm victims, i mean thugs, has sent market values downward….People cant sell and forced to live in what is slowly turning into the westside ghetto…Just last year, a male was shot and killed at the carwash at that same corner (In front of his wife to boot) Suspects-yea, need I say where they were formerly from? Police got their hands full…..So happy to be a way-out county resident where my only neighbors are good old fashioned farmers….

blackgirl said:

crime is up everywhere. you can,t run or hide, i don,t care where you live we just have to ask god to watch over us, every step of the way, where or the police when we need them if you drive to the northside they.re over there bothering blacks, all they put over there is white laws! things they need to focus on they don,t. i,m not discrimnateing the truth be told!

white boy said:

They have a term for folk like you..Its called a “victicrat.” That means unable to accept responsibility for ones own actions and blaming anything or anyone else. Had these poor young brothas been “bothered” by the police earlier that night, the robbery just might not have occured. Plenty of good hard working black folks in this city do just fine under current laws. You, black girl, just need an attitude adjustment, or better yet an education. The grammatical errors in your speech tells me all I need to know. Also, while the crooks in the article are 100% to blame, how bout Valero locking their doors and using a window to conduct late-night business transactions. I agree with Tony, the westside ghetto has been born. How about protecting your employees valero?

Anonymous said:

So let me see, no where in the story does it say the three men were “BLACK”, AFRICAN AMERICAN or otherwise. There is nothing about the race of the three criminals, yet some people are jumping to the conclusion that the criminals are minorities and KATRINA evacuees. BIGOTS. I have no pity for the criminals what-so-ever, but lets be fair about this. The criminals are idiots and should be punished regardless of race, lets wait to catch them before we go accusing every minority of being a criminal.

Tony said:

Well, anonymous, check the surveillance tapes released by local news stations….Uh, there’s no mistaking….White boy has it right….Discriminating, facts are right as much as u probably dont want to face it.

Another White Boy said:

White boy had it right, but did we REALLY need to see the surveillance tapes to have a reasonable suspicion that the culprits would be a minority? After all, though whites DO commit crimes such as these from time to time, they are the exception rather than the rule. By and large, the vast majority of these crimes types of crimes are committed by minorities, and especially blacks. And as blackgirl so eloquently stated, I am not discriminating, TRUTH BE TOLD!
Another thing, blackgirl, maybe the police (you know the ones, “Them white laws”, as you stated so perfectly), that have TRIED to come clean up your area have grown weary of dealing with the “Stop Snitchin” and “Warn a Brotha” attitudes they probably get non-stop. Maybe the police are tired of catching crap from you and your neighbors by the mere fact that they try to do what you and your neighbors refuse to do. Maybe if your neighbors on the north side would “clean up your own house” then the “white laws” wouldn’t have to be in there trying to clean it up for you. Just a thought.

Another White Boy said:

White boy had it right, but did we REALLY need to see the surveillance tapes to have a reasonable suspicion that the culprits would be a minority? After all, though whites DO commit crimes such as these from time to time, they are the exception rather than the rule. By and large, the vast majority of these types of crimes are committed by minorities, and especially blacks. And as blackgirl so eloquently stated, I am not discriminating, TRUTH BE TOLD!
Another thing, blackgirl, maybe the police (you know the ones, “Them white laws”, as you stated so perfectly), that have TRIED to come clean up your area have grown weary of dealing with the “Stop Snitchin” and “Warn a Brotha” attitudes they probably get non-stop. Maybe the police are tired of catching crap from you and your neighbors by the mere fact that they try to do what you and your neighbors refuse to do. Maybe if your neighbors on the north side would “clean up your own house” then the “white laws” wouldn’t have to be in there trying to clean it up for you. Just a thought.

White Boy said:

Amen, by brother….Couldn’t of said it better myself….Waiting on response black girl

Anonymous said:

Tony,

I was referring to the news story printed here. I did not see the news story, nor am I going to assume everyone reading this article saw the “tapes” to which you are making reference. Since I have a 30 year law enforcement career (therefore would not reveal my name) and just so happen to be WHITE, I have first hand experience that WHITES and MINORITIES commit crimes period. Anyone jumping to conclusions based upon the STORY and the STORY alone is being racist and bigoted. Being given other information, they can make an accurate conclusion as to the race, but NOT by the printed story.

The person saying do we need to see the tapes to have a reasonable suspicion the culprits would be a minority proves the point. Right away, with no information about race in the story, it is automatically assumed the culprits are minorities.

This is indefensible!

Another White Boy said:

Anonymous,
That would be me you were referring to at the end of your comment. I’ll tell you what, though I’m no modern day Nostradamus, let me give a demonstration of how well I can predict these things when it comes to crime. I will go out on a limb (not really) and say that the next convenience store robbery caught on video surveillance will show a black male or black males as committing the crime. Now lets sit back and see if I’m right or wrong. Is that bigoted? Or is that just a case of my playing the percentages?
The fact is that if you are indeed in law enforcement for 30 years, then you should know firsthand the crime statistics and what they show. And what they show IS NOT that all races commit crimes at the same levels. Robberies are overwhelmingly committed by blacks. This is backed up by the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s crime statistics. Apparently you do not work in the “Crime Analysis” Division of your department, and instead are reduced to making the mail run every day as your primary function.

Anonymous said:

Another White Boy.

Maybe being insulting does something for you, but I am not impressed, nor will I return the insults. Read my statement then read yours again. No where do I state all races commit crimes “at the same levels”. I simply stated that all races commit crimes, ALL types of crimes, and one can not make an assumption of race based solely on what is printed in THIS story. The DOJ crime statistics have nothing to do with THIS story. Reading THIS story alone does not lead someone to believe the criminals are minorities.

Would it be fair if I got a call to respond to a Meth lab and I assumed the criminal was white? Obviously not. I’ll wait till I get there and respond accordingly.

The STORY is entirely inadequate. People assigning a race based SOLELY on the STORY have more then the STORY on their mind. In your case, you are stating you are playing the percentages.

So, if I may take your statistics to a logical conclusion the scenario should be something like this: I get a call saying we just had a armed robbery
at the local gas station. I respond and arrest the minorities in the area. After all, the statistics are in my favor. Odds are the crime is being committed by a minority. I don’t think so. Ever heard of something called “Racial Profiling”?

By the way, I do not work in the “Crime Analysis” Division, I’m just a low level beat cop, old enough to retire, with no where to retire to.

Enough said. Think its time to go make a mail run. LOL.

Tony said:

The author of these so-called crime blogs, Miss Adrienne Cody, never reveals the race of individuals involved in crimes. I’m afraid if she did, we would be hearing the same old cliche majority of time. Take some time Anonymous, and read some of the broadcast alerts that come across your MDI instead of deleting them. What % of the time are your offense reports white on black crime (if anything over 10%, I will call you a liar.) Why are white on black crimes always forwarded to CID, while black on white rarely if ever are? Get out of River Oaks and come work Northeast for a while…..

Anonymous said:

Tony,

At least we are on the same page. I would agree with you, except for the River Oaks.

Later

20 district said:

I think the whole issue is being taken out of context. I am also law enforcement and can see that both sides have valid points. While it is not appropriate to ACT based on stereotypes, I really don’t see anything wrong with making ASSUMPTIONS (where u don’t act based on them….it’s just freedom of thought!). Would anyone be up in arms if I assumed that a hockey player is white or that a corporate exec accused of swindling millions is white?
True, statistics show that blacks commit (dare I say) the majority of robberies in Houston. While socio-economical factors obviously play a major role and may even be to blame, we are talking about the end result. I don’t think anyone here is stupid enough to assign a cause and effect relationship between race and crime. But a correlational relationship definitely exists, and NO ONE can argue with that.
In addition, the racial makeup of the Briarforest/Wilcrest area is overwhelmingly black. As a matter of fact, Katrina evacuees flooded the area and it got so bad, special overtime programs had to be created to deal with the crime problem as a result. Therefore, to ASSUME that the suspects were black would not be out of place given Houston’s crime statistics and the racial makeup of the relatively low income apartment complexes in the area.

Anonymous said:

Great, another excuse for black folk…How stupid are you?

“had these brothers been bothered by police earlier, then maybe the robbery would not have occurred”

You are ignorant!


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