A Spring, Texas teen and two underage friends face aggravated robbery charges after they allegedly set up the carjacking of another friend last weekend. Susan Marie Mize, 17, along with an unidentified male, who is 16, have been charged with felony aggravated robbery. Another 15-year-old male will also be arrested in connection with the carjacking, police said, according to The Houston Chronicle.
At first, it appeared that Mize was also a victim but soon police determined that she was actually one of the alleged masterminds.
“During the course of the investigation […] deputies learned that Susan had lied about the entire incident,” Lt. Scott Spencer said, according to Fox News. "Harris County Constable's Office were dispatched to the home of a victim who reported that he and his friend, Mize, had been robbed."
What they determines instead is that Mize allegedly asked her friend, victim Preston Barry, 20, to give her and some friends a ride. On their way they stopped at a park. According to police, it was all a setup.
"While at the park, the 15-year-old male juvenile, wearing a mask, allegedly approached the driver side door of victim's car brandishing what he believed was a handgun," Spencer said. "The victim was ordered into the backseat of the vehicle, where the 16-year-old juvenile suspect allegedly brandished a knife and ordered the victim to be tied up with Mize's shoelaces."
According to The Houston Chronicle, Barry was beaten and robbed and then forced to drive to a bank to withdraw additional cash. After the robbery, Mize was dropped off at home and the two other suspects allegedly drove to the victim's home to drop him off. They left with his car. The victim’s parents called the police report the robbery. At that time, both the parents and Barry thought Mize was also a victim. She had allegedly posed as one. It’s unclear if Mize or her alleged accomplices have lawyers at this time.
“Deputies learned Mize had set the victim up to be robbed by the two juvenile males. Mize believed the victim was an easy target and the plan was for the males to rob him for the money in his wallet, but was not a part of the plan to tie up the victim or take his car,” Spencer said.
[Photo: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office]