Houston, TX- Two black teenagers tried to steal a Houston homeowner’s Jeep at gunpoint one afternoon in January but failed after the bug “bamboozled” them.
As first reported by Fox 26 Houston, the Houston Police Department released footage of the incident Friday in hopes of identifying the teenage robbers.
Police footage opens with the first suspect sneaking up on the homeowner and demanding his car keys at gunpoint. The homeowner turns to face the armed suspect and reluctantly says he will.
A second suspect then appears and follows them into the garage.
The first suspect orders the homeowner to hand over the backpack inside the car, possibly thinking there is money inside. A second suspect grabs and takes the backpack but this creates a critical problem:
The keys to the Jeep were inside the backpack, preventing the first suspect from starting the car and fleeing with the vehicle.
“What are you guys doing?” The owner of the house chases after the backpacker while screaming. The first suspect then gets out of the car and runs away.
The homeowner says he heard gunshots from the suspect running behind him. Police say the gunshots caused the second suspect to drop his backpack, allowing the homeowner to retrieve his belongings.
The robbers then jumped into a blue car, reportedly a Chevy Camaro, leaving empty-handed.
Fox News reported:
A Texas man is speaking out about his experience after an attempted carjacking where two suspects, one of whom was armed, followed him home to his garage and tried to steal his car at gunpoint but ended up “bambooed” and empty-handed.
“He came at me with a loaded 9 mm gun with an extended clip, at least 40 bullets or more,” a Houston homeowner, who wished to remain anonymous, told FOX 26 Houston about the incident in January when two men ran over him. He pulled into his garage. They believe he followed them from a nearby gas station to their home.
One of the suspects, believed to be a teenager, forced the suspect at gunpoint to turn over the keys to his Jeep, which was in a backpack in the passenger seat.
Not noticing that the keys were inside the backpack, the second suspect grabbed and removed the backpack, which prevented the other suspect from starting the car. The homeowner then began chasing the suspect with the backpack, at which point gunshots were fired from the first suspect who was behind him.
“Usually when they say give me your keys, someone immediately gives it to them and they’re gone. It didn’t work out that way, so they were devastated,” the Houston homeowner explained. “They didn’t know what to do. Fortunately, it was a bunch of bugs, or I probably wouldn’t be talking to you today.
“The complainant began running behind the suspect who was carrying his backpack and heard gunshots from the first suspect who was running behind him,” the Houston Police Department said in a video of the incident posted on YouTube. “The suspect who had the backpack also heard the gunshots, causing him to drop the backpack. The complainant was able to recover his backpack (along with all his possessions) as both suspects caught up to each other in the 3500 block of W. Holcombe.
The first suspect is described by police as a black male with a black hoodie and black pants, while the second suspect is described as a black male with a black or gray hoodie, black pants and yellow shoes.
Both suspects are said to have sped away in a blue Chevy Camaro.