Food truck operators in Houston are on edge as police look for a shotgun-wielding robber who has already hit a dozen businesses. 

The man, caught on surveillance cameras, allegedly started his robbing spree on Aug. 9.

“He pointed the gun, a shotgun, at my employee,” Rolando Hernandez, owner of El De La Barbacoa told FOX 26 Houston. “It’s a very powerful gun. We’re blessed he didn’t shoot.”

The Houston Police department said that around 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13 food truck workers located at the 600 block of West Gulf Bank stated they heard a gunshot before an unknown man walked into the truck with a shotgun while demanding money from the cash register. 

The workers complied and gave the suspect cash. The suspect then took off in an unknown direction. 

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male between 18 to 24 years old. He is armed with a black, sawed-off shotgun. Surveillance videos show him without any face coverings.

This suspect is believed to be responsible for at least 12 food truck robberies at the following locations across the city between Aug. 9 and Aug. 21, with at least three incidents unfolding on Aug. 10 alone. 

The man started his robbing spree on August 9, 2022.
The man started his robbing spree on August 9, 2022.
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Surveillance footage of the suspect robbing a food truck.
Surveillance footage of the suspect robbing a food truck.
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Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitting an online tip, or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app. Information leading to the charging and/or arrest of any felony suspects may result in a cash payment of up to $5,000.



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