Crime

Fort Worth police seek ‘extremely dangerous’ robbers

Surveillance video from a nearby business captured images of the robbers’ car. It is described as a dark-colored, older-model 4-door car that resembles a Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord or Nissan Maxima with tinted windows.
Surveillance video from a nearby business captured images of the robbers’ car. It is described as a dark-colored, older-model 4-door car that resembles a Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord or Nissan Maxima with tinted windows. Courtesy

Police are on the hunt for two robbers believed to be responsible for kidnapping a woman last week, then shooting another woman three days later.

“They have fired their gun and actually hit somebody with gunfire which makes them extremely dangerous,” said robbery Detective Brian Raynsford. “We would like people to be aware that these people are out there and to use caution, be aware of their surroundings and if they do see something that is suspicious, call police.”

The first incident occurred about 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 27.

Raynsford said the victim, in her 20s, had just turned north on Campus Drive and saw the robbers’ vehicle — a dark-colored sedan — go past.

“She didn’t think anything about it because the car passed her,” Raynsford said.

The victim had stopped behind the sedan at the next traffic light when a man suddenly got out and approached her vehicle carrying a shotgun.

“He pointed a shotgun at her through the window. She was obviously terrified,” Raynsford said. They opened the doors and one of the men pushed her out of the driver’s seat, he said.

The men, one driving the victim’s car, took the woman to another location. Raynsford declined to identify the second location but said it was not far away and still in Fort Worth.

There, the men took the woman’s phone and credit cards before leaving her in her car and fleeing. The woman drove to a relative’s home and called police.

Raynsford said she was not physically injured.

“The suspects did discuss assaulting her between the two of them but did not assault her,” he said.

Police believe that at least one of the robbers struck again early Friday, shooting a woman in the 4400 block of California Parkway.

According to Raynsford, the victim and her teenage daughter were sitting in an SUV, stopped behind a vehicle at a stop sign at the Hartman Road intersection shortly before 2 a.m.

The driver of the leading vehicle suddenly got out and approached the women’s SUV with a shotgun, Raynsford said.

“She was trying to drive away from them or trying to move when the suspect fired the gun,” Raynsford said.

The woman was struck in the foot but fled and flagged down Forest Hill police for help. When police arrived at the shooting scene, the shooter and his vehicle were gone, Raynsford said.

He said the woman was hospitalized for her injury. Her daughter was not hurt.

Investigators suspect that robbery was the motive, Raynsford said.

Police released still images Tuesday of the suspect vehicle that were taken by a business surveillance camera.

The robbers were driving a dark, older-model (1996-2006) four-door car with tinted windows. The car resembles a Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord or Nissan Maxima, police said.

One of the men is described as black, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 140 pounds with a medium complexion. He was wearing a ski cap and a white bandanna over his face.

The second man is described as black, 6 feet tall and 150 pounds with a skinny build and darker complexion. He was wearing red basketball shorts, a ski cap and a bandanna. One victim described his eyes as “slanted.”

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

How to help

Anyone with information about the suspects’ identities is asked to call robbery Detective Brian Raynsford at 817-392-4469 or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS (8477).

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