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Masked gunmen ambush armored car guard in southeast Houston

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Masked gunmen ambush armored car guard Armored car incident

An armored car guard is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after a brazen robbery attempt in southeast Houston.

Shortly before 2pm, the shooting was reported at a Wells Fargo bank in the 9900 block of Almeda Genoa near Minnesota. A Brinks truck pulled into the back of the bank and one of the guards was about to walk into the building when he was jumped.

Houston FBI spokesperson Shauna Dunlap said, "These two men attacked him, physically engaged in an altercation with the guard. During that altercation, the guard was shot twice."

He was struck in the lower stomach. The driver inside the truck fired at the pair of robbers.

"That shot scared off the subjects," Dunlap said. "It's unknown if they were hit with that gunshot or not. They took off running."

They ran to a waiting truck in which they made their getaway. It's thought a third suspect may have been behind the wheel.

The truck was recovered not far away, on a side street near the bank. As it turns out it had been stolen during last month's Houston Boat Show.

All this unfolded in front of a church next to the bank, where some church workers are increasingly wary of their surroundings.

"The area seems to be a little scary," said Andrea Daigle. "We're kind of used to dysfunction around our church, as far as a lot of banks. ... I try to be as careful as I can."

According to the FBI, the injured guard underwent surgery Thursday afternoon. The suspects did not get away with any cash. They remain on the loose, and the investigation continues.

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