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Texas: Clerk armed and ready for robbers, kills one

August 16, 2009

Houston, Texas

From KHOU of August 15, 2009

Clerk armed and ready for robbers, kills one

Life can change in a second. It can also end. Cell phone store owner, Javid Iqbal saw both on Wednesday afternoon, in just 17 seconds.

“It is a part of my life that I will have to remember all of the time,” Iqbal recalls.

It was amazingly fast. Security video released to 11 News showed Iqbal behind the elevated counter, when the would-be robbers rush the store.

Two men with bandanas covering their faces, the leader gun in hand, vaulted over the case.

But in the five seconds that it took, Iqbal was already around the corner in the back, gun in hand.

“I see that guy come in the back pointing a gun. I just started shooting,” Iqbal says.

The two men were just inches apart, arms and guns extended. Iqbal fired three times, hitting 34-year-old Bryan Thorn.

Both robbers tried to flee after shots were fired, the second (still unidentified) man made it out, but Thorn did not. He collapsed dead in the doorway.

Iqbal said he could only think about the three most important people in his life, “I was thinking about my family; my little girl, my wife, my father,” he said.

All of them were within six feet of the shooting in the back of the store.

“My little three-year-old girl was in the store playing on the computer. The first thing wasn’t mine. I have to save my family,” Iqbal said, recalling the 17 seconds he will never forget.

This isn’t the first time. This store’s prior owner back in 2005 was also the victim of multiple robberies. One of those resulted in a shootout, which was also captured on video.

Not long after that, the owner-who was held up by three men and was not hurt- would sell this store to Iqbal.

Iqbal went on to do great business; but not all for profit, sometimes it came at a price. In all he’s been robbed four times, but no suspects were ever caught.

That is why his wife forced him to buy a gun and learn how to use it.

“Four robberies? Now I am not going to go through that again. All this happens. I have to take a stand somewhere,” Iqbal says.

The store is now open again after the shooting. His customers are standing with him.

“What if a stray bullet would have hit their daughter or hit his wife? Oh I’m sorry? For $20? Come on man,” said Carl English, who was in to pay his cell bill.

The store is still open, but Iqbal doesn’t know how long that will remain. He is now looking for a new, safer location.

Iqbal said that being robbed four times in a little over a year is all that his family can take. They are planning to move on soon.


Seguin, Texas Robber Driven Off With Handgun

August 15, 2009

Seguin, Texas

From the July 29, 2009 Seguin Gazette-Enterprise:

SEGUIN — A wallet was stolen in a brazen nighttime robbery of a Guadalupe Street resident, according to reports.

A resident of the 2100 block of North Guadalupe Street woke up at 11:40 p.m. Sunday when he heard a noise in the front of his house, and then a man came into his bedroom and demanded, “Give me your money.”

The victim reached for his wallet and a handgun, and the two fought over the weapon before the suspect jumped out a window and left, the report said.

No shots were reported fired in the incident, which is being investigated by police detectives.

Three Houston Teens Attempt Robbery, One Killed

August 15, 2009

Houston, Texas

From July 31, 2009 KTRK channel 13:

A vendor says three teens approached him and attacked while he was working. That’s when he says he pulled out a gun and fired, killing one of the suspects.

The confrontation started about 11pm on MLK near Reed Road. Authorities tell us the vendor was parked at a gas station as he was delivering snack products to the store. Police say he was inside the store and when he walked back out, he was approached by three teenage boys who demanded the snack products.

When the vendor refused, authorities say the teens, all three of them, began to assault the vendor by punching, kicking and hitting him. During the assault, the vendor was able to defend himself.

“The individual is a concealed handgun license carrier, was armed at the time, retrieved a weapon and subsequently shot and killed an individual here on the scene,” said Officer Brian Evans with the Houston Police Department.

Texas: Store Clerk Shoots Robber

August 14, 2009

Beaumont, Texas

From KBMT of August 7, 2009

Store Clerk Shoots Robber

Beaumont police are looking for a man witnesses say has a gunshot wound to the arm after he robbed the Gulf Street Liquor Store in Beaumont.

Beaumont Police Officer Crystal Holmes tells KBMT 12 news around 10:30 a.m. Friday patrolmen were called to the 3000 block of Gulf Street in Beaumont where a 9-1-1 caller reported an armed robbery. The store owner told police a man with wearing a black cap, long sleeve black shirt, black baggy jeans and an orange bandanna used a large-caliber handgun in the robbery. As the robber started to leave the clerk grabbed his own handgun and chased the suspect into the parking lot. Police say the clerk told officers the suspect turned and pointed a gun in his direction so he fired a number of shots at the suspect. He said one of the slugs hit the man in the arm.

“I ran out to get his license plate,” said Farid Ali who owns the Gulf Street Liquor Store in Beaumont. “When he saw me he tried to shoot me and that is when I shot back.”

Although he and witnesses say the suspect was hit, there was no evidence found at the scene to show that a bullet had actually hit the man.

The suspect fled the scene in a green Ford Mustang with a ragtop.

A witness to the robbery followed the green Mustang through the North end of Beaumont until it reached Lucas. The witness last saw the car heading west on East Lucas near the railroad tracks and Helbig Road.

At 12:45 p.m. officers found the suspect car in the 5000 block of Landry. Police obtained a search warrant and found the suspects bloody clothing. Police also searched his car where they discovered blood stains and bullet holes on the side of the car.

Police say they used K-9 unit to track his footsteps which led police to Pine Burr. Police believe the man was picked up there by a friend or family member.

Authorities say they know the suspects identity but they are not going to release his name until they obtain a warrant for his arrest.

Officer Holmes is asking anyone that spots the suspect to call police rather than approach the man. Information that leads police to the suspect could earn a tipster a Crime Stoppers cash reward of up to $1,000. The number to Beaumont Police Dispatch is 409-832-1234.

Texas: Store owner fatally shoots would-be robber

August 13, 2009

Houston, Texas

From KTRK of August 13, 2009

Store owner fatally shoots would-be robber

Police say a cell phone store owner took action when two people tried to hold up his northeast Houston business.

According to the store owner, two men walked into his store on Laura Koppe near Lockwood around 5pm yesterday and tried to rob him. That’s when he says he pulled out a gun and fatally shot one of the suspects.

The other suspect got away.

Harris County Homeowner Shoots Tire Iron Wielding Burglar

July 30, 2009

Harris County, Texas

From the July 28, 2009 Houston Chronicle:

A homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar who came at him with a tire iron Tuesday after breaking into a storage shed on the man’s property in east Harris County, officals said.

Although the shooting will be referred to a Harris County grand jury, investigators said it appears to be self-defense.

“He has the right to protect himself and his property,” said Sgt. Felipe Rivera, with the Harris County sheriff’s homicide division.

Investigators later Tuesday had not released the names of the homeowner or of the dead man.

Investigators suspect the incident was related to a burglary reported Monday at the same address. In that incident, the homeowner reported that a pair of hunting crossbows had been stolen.

On Tuesday, the homeowner saw a car about 3:30 p.m. as it pulled into the driveway leading to the home in the 100 block of Cedar Lane in Channelview.

After checking with his father-in-law, who lives in another home on the same property, the man took his .45-caliber pistol and went outside to confront the man he had seen in the car, investigators said.

The man was carrying empty cases used to hold crossbows when the homeowner confronted him in the driveway.

“He pulled out his gun and ordered the suspect to stop,” Rivera said. “The suspect threw the cases down and produced the tire iron.”

The homeowner fired once with the pistol. He fired a second time when the man continued moving toward him.

The man got into his car then began grabbing for the pistol, Rivera said.

“They struggled for the gun and he (the homeowner) fires two or three more shots,” Rivera said.

The man tried to drive away, but struck a support column for a large covered car port, causing it to partially collapse.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, Rivera said.

Texas: 74-year-old man shoots carjacker in SW Houston

July 24, 2009

Houston, Texas

From the Houston Chronicle of July 23, 2009

74-year-old man shoots carjacker in SW Houston

A 74-year-old man shot and wounded a teenager who attempted to carjack him with a knife early this morning in southwest Houston, police said.

The 18-year-old male suspect was wounded in the abdomen and was caught by police after he tried to run away following the shooting. He was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital in fair condition.

No other injuries were reported.

Police have not released the suspect’s name because no charges have been filed against him, but investigators said that he will mostly likely be charged with aggravated robbery.

The shooting happened outside a home in the 10900 block of Corona in southwest Houston about 6:30 a.m., police said.

The victim, August Peters, had just parked his car in front of his wife’s home when he noticed another car drive past him and park at the curb across the street.

When the victim got out of his car, he told investigators that the teen came up to him and pressed a knife against his throat.

“He said, ‘Give me your car or I’ll kill you,'” said Victor Senties, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department.

The victim was able to reach inside his car to get a pistol. He fired two shots at the suspect, Senties said.

The suspect ran into the driveway of a home across the street and then somehow got into the home. He broke a window to get out and continued running away. Senties said no one was at the home at the time.

Police found the teen moments later on bridge on Wilcrest near Bellaire about two blocks from where he was shot.

Investigators are uncertain if the teenager got out of the car the victim had seen park on the street. They have no description of the vehicle and no other suspects at this time.

Texas: NW Houston resident fatally shoots intruder

July 16, 2009

Spring Branch, Texas

From the Houston Chronicle of July 16, 2009

NW Houston resident fatally shoots intruder

A man was shot and killed in a Spring Branch home this morning in what police believe was a case of self-defense.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m., paramedics received a call that a man was wounded in the 9000 block of Kerrwood, northwest of the intersection of Hammerly and Bingle.

Police on the scene say it appears the dead man was killed trying to rob the modest wood-frame house, which has a visible security camera installed outside.

Neighbors said crime has increased in the area in recent years, mostly break-ins and burglaries.

“It’s disturbing, but there’s nothing you can do about it,” neighbor Terry Vick said, referring to what happened today.

Ginny Evans, who has lived in the area for less than two years, said she was stunned by the shooting.

“I can’t blame him. I’d shoot (an intruder) if he was in my house,” said Evans, who added that she had given her pistol to a friend but now plans to either ask for it back or buy another one.

“It’s real scary, and it’s sad,” she said.

No arrests have been made and authorities are still on the scene. No other information was immediately available.

Texas: Clerk Fights Back After Robbery

July 12, 2009

Houston, Texas

From KIAH of July 3, 2009

Clerk Fights Back After Robbery

Gunfire broke out Friday afternoon outside a Southwest Houston mini-mart. It happened when a store clerk went after two suspects who just finished robbing him.

Amir Borhani said it was a sense of déjà vu after two masked gunmen entered his family owned convenient store and robbed him.

“I’ve been in it before. They tried to rob my dad out here. I was in a gun battle before. I just didn’t think it would happen again,” said Borhani.

Borhani said the suspects took the money in the register and ran. He grabbed his own gun and went after them – fueled in part by pure rage.

“We’re a little business and we try hard to make money I am hearing about people getting robbed around here and I’m tired of it,” said Borhani.

He also said he shot at the suspects twice then ran after the suspect holding the money.

“I grabbed him, held his collar, put the gun to his head and said, don’t move or I’m going to shot you. At that time he starts pleading please don’t shoot me. I don’t,” said Borhani.

He got his money back, but the suspect wasn’t going down so easily.

Borhani said, “He grabs my hand, knocks the gun out of my hand we both dive to the floor.”

The two struggled for the gun, but Borhani managed to grab it and throw it out of reach. The suspect fought off Borhani and ran. He got away but ran into a minor roadblock.

“I was just driving down the street, and the guy just crossed. I couldn’t break so I hit with my truck,” said George Garcia.

Garcia was passing by when the suspect ran in front of his truck. Garcia tried to help but was shot at as the suspect limped away into the waiting get-a-way car with his accomplices.

The suspect may have gotten away, but one of them likely left a clue to their identity behind.

“I think we got enough evidence,” said Sgt. James Welborn with the Houston Police Department.

Welborn said the suspect likely left a fingerprint when he bounced off Garcia’s truck, “If they’ve ever been handled before with fingerprint evidence, and the descriptions we got I don’t think we should have a problem.”

Witnesses described the suspect’s get-a-way vehicle as a dark blue sedan – possibly a Honda or Toyota.

Texas: Intruder Shot North Of Whitney

July 9, 2009

Whitney, Texas

From the Publication of July 9, 2009

Intruder Shot North Of Whitney

An apparent ongoing dispute led to an intruder being shot after he forced his way into a Whitney area home late Saturday, July 4.

Hill County Sheriff’s Office deputies had been to a residence in the 300 block of Timberline Street off Farm Road 1713 earlier in the evening.

The shooting was called into authorities at 11:53 p.m. after the victim forced open a door at the home to gain entry.

The 46-year-old Whitney man struggled with the 43-year-old homeowner before he armed himself with a .22 caliber pistol.

One shot was apparently fired, striking the older man in the abdomen.

The victim fled and was taken to Lake Whitney Medical Center in Whitney by private vehicle.

He was later flown by Air Evac to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.

According to sheriff’s office reports, he was listed in stable condition the following day.

Sheriff Jeffrey T. Lyon said that a charge of burglary of a habitation is expected to be filed on the man after he is released from the hospital.