Violent Northwest Side Robbery Spree May be the Work of the Same Suspect

Three people were robbed at gunpoint on the northwest side overnight, and one of the victims was shot, in what police say may be a robbery spree conducted by the same suspect, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The first robbery happened in the 6100 block of Whitby, which is off Huebner and Babcock. A man walked up to a man in the parking lot of the Retreat Apartment Homes, jammed a gun into his face, and demanded his car keys. The thief then made off with the victim's car, a white Chevy Malibu.

About a half hour later, a man was walking through the parking lot of the Vista Del Rey Apartments in the 5600 block of Evers Rd. in Leon Valley. Just like in the first case, a lone gunman approached the victim, pointed a gun at him, and ordered him to get down on the ground and fork over his keys and his wallet.

But instead, the would-be victim pulled a concealed handgun that he was carrying with a permit, and blasted away at the robber, who immediately scampered off. Leon Valley found 12 shell casings in the parking lot, but no victims turned up at area hospitals so it is not known if the robber was hit by the gunfire. The victim was not hurt.

If it was the same gunman involved in all three robberies, he was pretty jumpy on the third try. An 18 year old man walking into his home at the corder of Richard Frank and Eckhert road was approached by a black Acura.

A man inside pulled a gun, demanded his wallet, but immediately started shooting.

The victim was shot in the hand and was trated at University Hosptial.

Police say they have no proof that the three incidents are related, but say due to the way the robberies were carried out, that is a possibility. So far, no arrests have been made.

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