HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Four people who police say were terrorizing women in Southwest Houston have now been arrested. Nearly a dozen women in Southwest Houston were robbed, had their homes broken into and some were sexually assaulted allegedly by four people who Houston police call violent gang members. Believe it or not, the four people arrested include two women.
“These suspects really are an absolute menace to society,” says Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.
The two men and two women allegedly went on a 6-week crime spree in January and February in the Chinatown area of Southwest Houston near Bellaire Boulevard and Wilcrest, robbing, raping, binding and burglarizing 10 victims.
”They actually ambushed people inside their home. These people are pretty much your worst nightmare,” explains Houston Police Department Sgt. Stephen Hendrie.
”We want to make sure these people, once they are properly convicted in a court of law, are put away for a long time,” adds Chief Acevedo.
Acevedo says the criminals who would target Asian women, robbing some in their driveway, striking all of them in the comfort of their own neighborhood.
"I need you all to look at these photos because the ten cases we're tying them to I guarantee you are not the only ten victims. I guarantee you they committed more crimes and we want victims to contact us,” says the Chief.
"Every time I leave my house I'm looking to see who's watching,” says Ana who lives in the area and has good reason to look over her shoulder. She's been uneasy since her home was broken into. "I was really, really mad because we work hard. That’s why we installed our home alarm”.
18-year-old Khiana Washington, 20-year-old Mohagany Ireland and 24-year-old Teveon Stockton-Williams are all charged with Aggravated Robbery. 20-year-old Marquis Sirls is also charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault and Burglary with the Intent to Commit Sexual Assault.
The crime spree came to an end, according to investigators, less than two weeks ago. Detectives say the group broke into a home but this time cops weren't far behind.
”They arrested the suspects at a convenience store located in the area. One of the suspects tossed a pistol inside the convenience store while he was arrested,” says Sgt. Hendrie.
The chief says stolen items from the robberies and a second gun were also found inside the suspect's car. He says to help avoid being victimized in this way make sure your home is well lit, trim your shrubs so no one can hide in them, lock your car doors, close the garage before getting out of your car and get to know your neighbors.
The suspects are wanted for their roles in home invasions at:
• 6400 block of Gladewell on Feb. 4
• 9400 block of Sharpview on Feb. 6
• 9300 block Carvel on Feb. 6
• 9400 block of Sharpview (different residence) on Feb. 7
• 9000 block of Hendon on Feb. 22
The suspects are believed responsible for robberies of individuals (females) at:
• 9800 block of Bellaire Boulevard on Jan. 4, 2016
• 9300 block of Carvel Lane on Jan. 14
• 9200 block of Carvel Lane on Jan. 27
Anyone with additional information on the suspects is urged to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700.