HOUSTON (FOX 26) — Police need your help identifying two suspects who violently robbed a woman at gunpoint in southwest Houston and escaped. Both suspects faces were caught clearly on security footage.
For safety reasons, the woman has asked that her face not be shown and her name not be used but she wants to get her story out in hopes that an arrest can be made in this case.
"You feel like someone has taken freedom from you, trying to take life away from you for nothing," said the robbery victim. "For no good reason. And you did nothing to deserve it. I mean, I just got up to go to work that day."
Jan. 18 was supposed to be just another day at work for this woman, but as she was walking to her car in the Choice Pharmacy parking lot at around 6 p.m., Houston police said a silver sedan pulled up across from her car and a man approached her, pointed a gun to her head and started hitting her with his pistol repeatedly.
"He was either trying to get me unconscious or he was trying to knock me out," said the woman who survived the attack. "At one time, my purse fell out and then I saw another guy came by on my right side and grabbed the bag and ran back to the car. Shortly after that, he ran back to the car and left.
Police said both suspects were previously seen inside the building on security camera footage. The building owner said the suspects had apparently been looking for a bathroom but left without incident when they were told there were no public restrooms available.
The woman said the incident left her with massive bruises, swelling on her head and a black eye. Inside her stolen purse were hundreds of dollars, credit cards, her car keys and cell phone, as well as her drivers license with her address on it.
For now, she's trying to encourage the community to help locate her attackers and help put her and her family at ease.
"I can't dwell in fear," said the woman. "I really have to move on. I have kids and a husband to enjoy, my mother, you know, family. I don't want to live in fear and I can't let fear win."
The woman tells FOX 26 News that the robbers never made any demands, but rather, simply approached her and started hitting her repeatedly with the gun.
Investigators described the suspects as African American males wearing black hooded sweatshirts. Police said one suspect is in his 20s and was wearing black jeans, and the second suspect was wearing white jeans.
Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering a reward of up to a $5,000 for information that could lead to an arrest. Anyone who knows anything about this case is encouraged to contact law enforcement.