Mother of 3 children mourned after Texas City hotel robbery, suspect sought

TEXAS CITY, Texas (FOX 26) — The Texas City Police Department is seeking help from the public to catch a man they say killed a hotel employee during a robbery.

Police say an armed robber entered the Fairfield Inn on Emmett Lowry Expressway in Texas City on Saturday morning and shot employee Teresa Custer, 37, before leaving the crime scene.

Custer worked at Fairfield Inn for around two years and was in a management role when the suspect entered the hotel and shot her, Custer’s friend Tracie Albritton told FOX 26 News.

Police say Custer was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital where she died of her injuries on Sunday. She leaves behind three sons.

Texas City police did retrieve surveillance video from the hotel, but that video will not be shared with the public. They are also not saying whether the suspect took anything during the robbery attempt.

Both police and Albritton are encouraging the public to help them catch the killer.

"If anybody has any information, whether they think it doesn’t matter at all, please contact the authorities to help this family and these boys have some closure," said Albritton.

Police describe the suspect as a black man between 5-feet 8-inches and 5-feet 10-inches tall. His face was covered during the robbery attempt and he was able to get away in a white pickup truck.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Texas City Police Department or Crime Stoppers by phone at 409-945-TIPS.