3 arrested in holdup outside Wal-Mart
League City police have arrested three people in connection with last week's holdup of a woman with a child in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
Charged with aggravated robbery are Matthew Alan Johnson, 23, of Pearland; Rhiannon Lee Kieselhorst, 26, of Pearland; and Roderick Tremayne Owens, 20, of Houston.
League City Police Lt. Bruce Whitten said the three suspects were taken into custody Wednesday night.
Bond was set at $100,000 each for Johnson and Kieselhorst, who are being held in the Galveston County Jail.
Bond was set for $50,000 for Owens, who's being held in the Brazoria County Jail.
The robbery took place around 1:45 p.m. on Friday at the store that's located at FM 646 and the Gulf Freeway.
A woman had just pulled into the parking lot with a 4-year-old girl when a gunman approached her and demanded her purse, then fled in a sports utility vehicle.
The surveillance video from Wal-Mart -- click here to view it -- was instrumental in making the arrests, Whitten said. It was distorted, but there was enough detail in the blurred license plate numbers to track down the vehicle used in the robbery, he said.
Police closed in Wednesday night when Owens left a house-trailer in the 7000 block of Honey Locust in Pearland and drove off in the SUV used in the robbery, Whitten said. Police had been watching the trailer, and Owens was pulled over by a Brazoria County sheriff's deputy who initially arrested him on traffic violations.
Johnson, who's accused of being the gunman, was in the SUV at the time of the arrest and was also taken into custody.
Kieselhorst, who's accused of driving the getaway vehicle, was then arrested.
When questioned by police, Johnson and Kieselhorst implicated Owens as the lookout during the robbery, Whitten said. They said he was also in on the planning.
We didn't even know he was involved in the robbery," Whitten said.
Police Chief Mike Jez praised his detectives for their role in the arrests.
It's an example of some excellent police work and determination on the part of our staff," Jez said. We're committed to doing the best we can for our citizens. We're pleased they're off the streets and in jail."
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