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Older women robbed in three separate incidents

There has been a string of violent purse-snatchings at area grocery stores this past week.

At least two such incidents took place the afternoon of Wednesday, June 24.
One incident took place at H-E-B at Blackhawk and Beltway 8, while another took place at Food Town at Scarsdale and Beamer.

According to the Houston Police Department, the H-E-B robbery involved a 73-year-old woman. Police said the victim had just unloaded her groceries into her car and was putting her cart away when a suspect driving a grey Volkswagen car stopped, jumped out and pushed the woman onto the ground, before taking her purse and getting back into the vehicle and fleeing the scene.

The victim was treated for minor wounds at the scene by Houston Fire Department paramedics but refused transport to an area hospital.

The suspect is described as a thin black male in his early 20s, wearing a white T-shirt and blue- jeans. Anyone with any information on this case is urged to contact HPD’s Robbery Division at 713-308-0700 or Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

The victim is attempting to retrieve her purse and cellphone that were taken during the incident.

The purse is described as a brown alligator embossed Brahmin, while the phone is an LG K51. Anyone who may have found these items discarded is encouraged to contact the Leader at or bring it to the Leader office at 11555 Beamer.

The incident at Food Town was similar in nature but involved multiple suspects, and a gold minivan was used as the getaway vehicle.

Multiple online posts on social media sites reported a third robbery that day taking place at the Kroger at Sabo and Beltway 8 around the same time frame, but Houston police had no record of the crime. Police said, however, that such incidents are not always reported to police.

On the afternoon of Saturday, June 27, a second purse-snatching took place in the Food Town parking lot, this time in front of multiple witnesses.

Again, the crime was violent in nature, and again the suspects were driving a gold minivan.

Following the crime, the five suspects drove to the Cimarron Landing apartments on Beamer, where they robbed an elderly woman of her car and left the minivan behind. As the crooks were fleeing the scene, the female victim, who has a concealed carry permit, fired a shot at the suspects. It is unclear if they were struck by a bullet. The woman, who was assaulted during the carjacking, suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital.

The victim’s car was found abandoned at an apartment complex on Broadway. The gold minivan used in the crimes was determined to be stolen. Both vehicles are being processed by police for evidence. Witnesses reported seeing three suspects in the Food Town robberies, one who was described as a thin black male. Anyone with any information on this case is urged to contact the Harris County Pct. 2 constable’s office at 713-477-2766.

Police advise females to always be aware of their surrounding and to avoid carrying a purse whenever possible. If someone feels their life is in danger, call 911 immediately.

Early primary voting underway

Early voting for the July 14 primary runoff elections is currently underway and will continue through Friday, July 10. The runoffs were originally scheduled to take place in late May, but were postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Voters will decide who will be the party nominee for the positions of U.S. House District 22 representative, Harris County Precinct 2 constable, sheriff and railroad commissioner, among others.

In the U.S. House District 22 race, Republican candidates Kathleen Wall and Troy Nehls will compete for the position being vacated by Rep. Pete Olson.

The winner of the primary will face Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni in the November general election.

The race for the position of Harris County Precinct 2 constable is a runoff between incumbent Chris Diaz and challenger Jerry Garcia.

The Leader has endorsed Garcia in this race. See related editorial on Page 2.
The winner of the Democratic runoff election will face Republican Daniel Vela in the November general election.

The Republican runoff for the position of sheriff is a contest between Paul Day and Joe Danna.

The winner will face incumbent Ed Gonzalez in the November general election.
In the Democratic race for railroad commissioner, Roberto R. “Beto” Alonzo will face Chrysta Castañeda.

The winner will face Jim Wright in the November general election.

Residents may cast their ballots at any early polling location. Harris County residents may also now vote at any polling location on Election Day.

Nearby early voting locations include the Harris County annex at 10851 Scarsdale and Beamer; the east Harris County Activity Center at 7340 Spencer Highway in Pasadena; and the Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane in the Clear Lake area. Polling hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through July 2; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 5; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 6 through July 9; and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 10.

To see a complete list of polling locations, visit

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