Serial robbers target cellphone stores


SITUATION.
LIVE IN MEMORIAL CITY, BILL LIVE IN MEMORIAL CITY, BILL
BARAJAS, CHANNEL 2 NEWS. BARAJAS, CHANNEL 2 NEWS.
>>WE HAVE A CRIME ALERT, GROUP>>WE HAVE A CRIME ALERT, GROUP
OF THIEVES TARGETING CELL PHONE OF THIEVES TARGETING CELL PHONE
STORES ACROSS HOUSTON. STORES ACROSS HOUSTON.
EACH TIME THEY RUSH INTO THE EACH TIME THEY RUSH INTO THE
STORE, POINT GUNS AT EMPLOYEES STORE, POINT GUNS AT EMPLOYEES
AND DEMAND CASH AND PHONES. AND DEMAND CASH AND PHONES.
POLICE SAY THEY’VE GOTTEN AWAY POLICE SAY THEY’VE GOTTEN AWAY
WITH AT LEAST SIX TIMES. WITH AT LEAST SIX TIMES.
THIS HERE NOW, A MAP OF SOME OF THIS HERE NOW, A MAP OF SOME OF
THE LOCATIONS THEY’VE HIT, MOST THE LOCATIONS THEY’VE HIT, MOST
OF WHICH ARE METRO P.C.S. OF WHICH ARE METRO P.C.S.
STORES. STORES.
OUR PHIL ARCHER IS LIVE WITH A OUR PHIL ARCHER IS LIVE WITH A
BETTER LOOK AT THOSE SUSPECTS. BETTER LOOK AT THOSE SUSPECTS.
PHIL? PHIL?
>>Reporter: THE PRIME SUSPECT>>Reporter: THE PRIME SUSPECT
IN ALL OF THOSE CASES IS ONLY 19 IN ALL OF THOSE CASES IS ONLY 19
YEARS OLD, BUT ALREADY AN YEARS OLD, BUT ALREADY AN
ACCOMPLISHED STICK-UP MAN, ACCOMPLISHED STICK-UP MAN,
BELIEVED TO HAVE HIT AT LEAST BELIEVED TO HAVE HIT AT LEAST
HALF A DOZEN CELL PHONE STORES. HALF A DOZEN CELL PHONE STORES.
POLICE WOULD REALLY LIKE TO POLICE WOULD REALLY LIKE TO
CATCH UP WITH HIM BEFORE IT CATCH UP WITH HIM BEFORE IT
HAPPENS AGAIN. HAPPENS AGAIN.
HIS NAME IS JAELENEBERRY AND HIS NAME IS JAELENEBERRY AND
HE’S WANTED IN SIX ROBBERIES AND HE’S WANTED IN SIX ROBBERIES AND
POLICE BELIEVE HE MAY HAVE BEEN POLICE BELIEVE HE MAY HAVE BEEN
INVOLVED IN MANY MORE. INVOLVED IN MANY MORE.
HE USUALLY WORKS W CREW, LOW NOT HE USUALLY WORKS W CREW, LOW NOT
ALWAYS THE SAME PEOPLE. ALWAYS THE SAME PEOPLE.
HE WAS IDENTIFIED THROUGH A HE WAS IDENTIFIED THROUGH A
CRIME STOPPERS TIP AND CHARGED CRIME STOPPERS TIP AND CHARGED
WITH AGGRAVATED ROBBERY LAST WITH AGGRAVATED ROBBERY LAST
JUNE, BUT HE’S GONE UNDERGROUND, JUNE, BUT HE’S GONE UNDERGROUND,
ON THE RUN NOW. ON THE RUN NOW.
POLICE HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO FIND POLICE HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO FIND
HIM. HIM.
>>THIS GUY IS VERY DANGEROUS IN>>THIS GUY IS VERY DANGEROUS IN
THE SENSE THAT THE WAY HE THE SENSE THAT THE WAY HE
COMMITS THIS ROBBERY IS VERY COMMITS THIS ROBBERY IS VERY
AGGRESSIVE AND THERE’S REALLY AGGRESSIVE AND THERE’S REALLY
NOTHING TO KEEP US FROM NOTHING TO KEEP US FROM
BELIEVING THAT HE’S NOT GOING TO BELIEVING THAT HE’S NOT GOING TO
DO IT AGAIN UNTIL HE’S CAUGHT. DO IT AGAIN UNTIL HE’S CAUGHT.
>>Reporter: IN MARCH, BERRY>>Reporter: IN MARCH, BERRY
HIT SIX CELL PHONE STORES ON THE HIT SIX CELL PHONE STORES ON THE
CITY’S SOUTH SIDE IN 13 DAYS, CITY’S SOUTH SIDE IN 13 DAYS,
ALWAYS THE SAME M.O., A BIG RUSH ALWAYS THE SAME M.O., A BIG RUSH
THROUGH THE DOORS WITH GUNS THROUGH THE DOORS WITH GUNS
WAVING, THEN DEMANDS FOR KNOWN WAVING, THEN DEMANDS FOR KNOWN
AND PHONES AND THREATS. AND PHONES AND THREATS.
ON MARCH 19th, GUADALUPE ON MARCH 19th, GUADALUPE
RODRIGUEZ AND TWO OTHERS WERE RODRIGUEZ AND TWO OTHERS WERE
ATTENDING THE STORE AT METRO ATTENDING THE STORE AT METRO
MOBILE ON WAYSIDE WHEN RODRIGUEZ MOBILE ON WAYSIDE WHEN RODRIGUEZ
FOUND HIMSELF STARING DOWN THE FOUND HIMSELF STARING DOWN THE
BARREL OF BERRY’S PISTOL. BARREL OF BERRY’S PISTOL.
>>IT WAS SOMETHING I NEVER>>IT WAS SOMETHING I NEVER
THOUGHT I’D HAVE TO EXPERIENCE, THOUGHT I’D HAVE TO EXPERIENCE,
BUT THANK GOODNESS IT WAS QUICK BUT THANK GOODNESS IT WAS QUICK
AND OVER WITH AND NO ONE WAS AND OVER WITH AND NO ONE WAS
HURT AND THEY LEFT. HURT AND THEY LEFT.
>>A FEW DAYS EARLIER, IT WAS>>A FEW DAYS EARLIER, IT WAS
MUSTAFFA’S TURN AT THE METRO MUSTAFFA’S TURN AT THE METRO
STORE ON CULLEN. STORE ON CULLEN.
AFTER HAVING GUNS WAVED IN HIS AFTER HAVING GUNS WAVED IN HIS
FACE, HE DECIDED TO CHANGE FACE, HE DECIDED TO CHANGE
CAREERS. CAREERS.
>>TO ME, SAFETY IS THE FIRST>>TO ME, SAFETY IS THE FIRST
THING. THING.
I HAVE KIDS AND STUFF. I HAVE KIDS AND STUFF.
I DON’T WANT TO BE — I DON’T I DON’T WANT TO BE — I DON’T
WANT MY KIDS TO LOSE THEIR DAD. WANT MY KIDS TO LOSE THEIR DAD.
>>Reporter: SO AT A YOUNG AGE,>>Reporter: SO AT A YOUNG AGE,
JAELENE BERRY SEEMS TO HAVE JAELENE BERRY SEEMS TO HAVE
AFFECTED A LOT OF FOLKS’ LIVES, AFFECTED A LOT OF FOLKS’ LIVES,
AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY. AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY.
POLICE WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY HIM POLICE WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY HIM
THROUGH CRIME STOPPERS. THROUGH CRIME STOPPERS.
NOW THEY’RE HOPING TO CATCH HIM NOW THEY’RE HOPING TO CATCH HIM
THE SAME WAY, ASKING ANYONE WHO THE SAME WAY, ASKING ANYONE WHO
KNOWS WHERE HE MAY BE TO GIVE KNOWS WHERE HE MAY BE TO GIVE
CASSANDRA THOMAS A CALL. CASSANDRA THOMAS A CALL.
THEY’RE OFFERING A REWARD OF UP THEY’RE OFFERING A REWARD OF UP
TO $5,000. TO $5,000.
REPORTING LIVE IN SOUTHEAST

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