Bellaire police are looking for a gunman who attempted a bizarre double carjacking Wednesday night (Jan. 22) in the city’s business district and Town Square municipal complex but ended up fleeing in a waiting vehicle when he couldn’t drive either of the luxury cars he tried to steal.
Police received a report at 7:43 p.m. of a robbery in progress at a fuel bay at the Chevron station at 5020 Bellaire Blvd. A man is visible on surveillance video approaching the driver and reportedly demanded his keys and money. The victim complied, saying he turned over $1,100 — but when the robber couldn’t start the Audi sedan, he ran to a waiting car in the parking lot of the Randalls supermarket across the street. Police said he shot at a witness who followed him.
A woman told KHOU reporter Brett Buffington that she attempted to chase after the suspect but stopped when he fired at her.
Minutes later, police said the robber approached the driver of a BMW outside the Bellaire Recreation Center at 7008 Fifth St., just around the corner from the Bellaire Police Department, repeating his demand at gunpoint for keys and a wallet. This time, according to the driver, the suspect got the car started but couldn’t get it into gear and again retreated to a waiting vehicle that fled north on Fifth.
Police searched, aided by a Houston police K-9 unit, but were unavailable to locate the suspect. He is described as a black male, about 5-feet-11 inches, wearing a white hoodie, black sweatpants and athletic slides footwear. The getaway vehicle is identified as a silver Mercedes coupe; there is no description of the driver.
The recreation center, which had youth basketball and other activities going on, was closed early.
Anyone with information on the crimes should call Bellaire police at 713-668-0487.
Based on a news release from the Bellaire PD and reporting by KHOU News