Houston robbery suspect shot dead by customer at taqueria; person of interest to speak with police

ByDaniela Hurtado KTRK logo
Monday, January 9, 2023
Houston robbery suspect shot dead by customer at taqueria; person of interest to speak with police
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Developments continue after a surveillance video shows a customer shooting an armed robber to death at The Ranchito in southwest Houston.

HOUSTON, Texas -- Details are developing days after a customer allegedly shot and killed a robber at a taqueria during a holdup in Houston.

Officers with the Houston Police Department told our sister station KTRK that an attorney, who is making arrangements for person of interest, has reached out to speak with investigators.

ORIGINAL REPORT: Houston robbery shooting: Customer shoots, kills robber armed with plastic pistol, police say

About 10 customers were eating inside The Ranchito #4 taqueria in southwest Houston when the masked robber walked in and pointed a gun at them as he began taking their wallets and cellphones, HPD Lt. R. Willkens said.

Graphic security video captured an unidentified customer pulling a pistol and turning the tables on the bandit as he circled the restaurant while threatening customers with what appeared to be a real handgun.

As the suspect was leaving, the armed customer stood up and shot him several times, police said. He died at the scene.

According to Willkens, the suspect had what he described as a plastic pistol, either airsoft or a BB gun.

Investigators have not identified the suspect or the person they said killed him.

The customers left, leaving the owner and the workers in the shop.

Police released photos of the man they believe shot the suspect and his vehicle.

HPD said the man is not charged at this time, but he is wanted for questioning.

Police have asked anyone who left the restaurant to return so that they can talk to them.