Gunman holds up woman outside Wal-Mart
League City police are reporting a gunman held up a woman with a child in the WalMart parking lot at FM 646 and the Gulf Freeway Friday afternoon.
Police say it happened around 1:45 p.m. after a woman pulled into the parking lot with a 4-year-old girl.
A Chevrolet Suburban pulled in behind them, and a man got out brandishing a pistol.
He approached the woman and demanded her purse, and after she handed it over, he got back in the Suburban and the woman driving the SUV took off toward I-45.
The gunman is described as a white man in his mid- 20's to early 30's, between 5 foot 6 and 5 foot 9. He had dirty blonde hair and was wearing a white t-shirt with khaki shorts.
Police say the driver was a white woman in her mid-20's to early 30's with blonde hair. She was wearing a white tank top.
The Suburban was tan or gold, from the late 90's early 2000's, with a large winged hood ornament, possibly an angel, a sunroof, vents in the front fender wells located towards the top and rear portion of the fender well, with chrome 8-spoked tire rims.
Police are trying to get surveillance video from Wal-Mart, but don't expect to be able to release it before Monday. The victim is also working with a sketch artist.
Obviously, it's disturbing to the victim and it's probably disturbing to everyone that hears about it," said Police Chief Mike Jez.
The retail area along the freeway at FM 646 has been a hotspot for crime recently.
There's a lot of people there and the opportunity is there," Jez said. We're going to have a do better job of policing it."
That means there will be changes, Jez said. There had already been increased patrols in the area by the city's police officers and Citizens Patrol group, he said.
It doesn't matter," Jez said. The results speak for themselves. When we have those kind of robberies that are talking place and our citizens are being attacked like that we've got to try different strategies."
Anyone with information about Friday's robbery is asked to contact the League City Criminal Investigation Division at 281-338-8210.
Thayer Evans contributed to this report.
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