A couple of guys picked the wrong taxi driver for a heist in southwest Houston. He refused to give them his car and fled without injury.
HOUSTON – HPD Heist Department is trying to identify the men who detained the driver of the minibus and tried to steal his car in southwest Houston.
The victim picked up two guys from a restaurant in the 7600 area of Westheimer on October 18th. One of them introduced himself as “MJ” on the ride sharing app.
When they got into his car, they changed their drop-off point to an apartment complex at 2929 Dunvale. That’s where things went south.
A camera in the car shows both men pointing guns at the driver and repeatedly ordering him to get out of the car.
“I’ll kill you, get the hell out of the car, get the hell out of the car!” shouted the second man.
The first guy got out of the car, opened the door on the driver’s side and grabbed the driver’s cell phone. During the struggle, he fell to the ground.
The driver then stepped on the gas and the second man, still in the car, pointed a gun at his head and yelled.
“He was very bold, very aggressive,” Robbery Detective Jharaid Nickerson said.
The victim refused to stop, gave a signal, and the robber eventually gave up and jumped out of the moving car.
The victim left and called the police.
The police tried to identify “MJ” through the records of the car rental company.
“In an ideal world, he could give me the name, phone number, and any other subscriber’s details to be used on that particular account, whoever MJ is,” Jarayd said.
The men are believed to be in their 20s. Police said both men were about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed about 140 pounds with a lean build.
A $5,000 reward is being offered for clues that will lead to indictment and/or arrest of suspects. Tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers directly at 713-222-TIPS (8477) to consider a cash payment. You can also submit tips online or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app.
While this victim is on the run, the police warn against fighting an armed robber.
“Fortunately, no one was hurt in this incident, but again I would like to double down: neither the car nor the property is worth it,” Jarayd said.
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