Women accused of duct-taping victims in armed cell phone store robbery
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- It was a terrifying ordeal caught on tape. Two employees were tied up as a group of women robbed a Baytown store, and authorities say this wasn't the first holdup for that group.
Baytown police wouldn't be specific, but they tell us something inside the getaway car helped them find the suspects not even an hour after one of the accused robbers added so-called insult to injury.
The surveillance camera came from inside the Radio Shack in the 4600 block of Garth Road.
Shackled and handcuffed accused armed robber Mykela Anderson mumbled something right before she was questioned. Baytown police believe she was among the three women who stormed the Radio Shack. By the time they were arrested, they had all shed their disguises and a lot of clothes.
Surveillance video shows a violent robbery, including a last-minute insult.
"They didn't care for themselves or anyone else's safety at the time," Baytown Police Department Detective Edgar Elizondo said.
On the video, you see the three women enter; one locks the door behind her and they all head to the back. They first duct tape the hands of an employee, then at gunpoint, force another to open the storage cabinet, before binding her hands and mouth.
Police say the women loaded up 60 smartphones -- thousands of dollars worth -- and in one last act of violence, pepper sprayed the clerk.
Police say that was 22-year-old Diane Williams who did that. SPolice were able to track the women on Cedar Lane and I-10 in Channelview about 10 miles away. The three women and a fourth, the getaway driver, were arrested.
Police believe this isn't their first robbery.
"These three females who robbed the store today possibly involved in other robberies in the Houston area," Elizondo said.
Police say these women admitted to their involvment in the Radio Shack robbery.
Houston police also were on the scene to question the women because they think they're connected to at least three armed robberies in Houston.
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