A man suspected of robbing a store and car wash in southwest Houston earlier this month threatened to shoot a child before he and two armed accomplices left with more than $1,000 in cash.
Houston police said three men on April 2 robbed a Mister Car Wash at 10760 Westheimer and less than an hour later robbed a 99 Cent Only store at 1449 Wilcrest. Then they ran away.
Surveillance video cameras at the car wash recorded the robbery there.
The suspects entered the store about 4:45 p.m. and at least one brandished a pistol and demanded a clerk put money from the register into a pillow case one of suspects handed her.
She put the money in the bag and suspects grabbed it. They also robbed customers before fleeing.
In the second robbery at about 5:35 p.m., all the suspects carried handguns. One of them pointed his gun at the head of a child as his accomplices took money from the cash register. They also robbed a check-cashing business that was in a booth in the store.
Police said they stole a total of more than a $1,000. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.
"These people are very dangerous," said Houston Police Officer Colleen Nelson. "If they'll point a gun at the head of a child, who knows what they'll do next?"
The suspects are described as black, between 16 and 20 years of age. They have short hair and slender builds and are clean shaven.
One suspect is about 6-for-3 and light-skinned. Another is about 5-foot-7 with dark skin. And the other suspect is about 5-foot-6 with dark skin.