Surveillance footage showed a Texas woman’s tenacious fight against alleged thieves who were trying to steal the $75,000 she had just withdrawn from her bank.
The victim was attempting to take the money back to her Harris County business on Friday, according to KTRK in Houston.
"She was followed from the bank to the business by these two robbers who drove in separate cars," Mark Herman, a spokesman for the Harris County Constable Precinct 4, told KTRK.
The video shows the the woman holding her bag tightly by its handle as one of the suspects drags her across the ground. Soon another man, identified as the victim's husband by KTRK, comes out to help the woman and a scuffle ensues. The victims are beaten before one of the suspects backs up over them.
The woman had to be taken to the hospital in critical condition. Her husband was also taken to the hospital. The victims were not identified.
By Saturday, arrested David Mitchell, 31, and charged him with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. He's being held without bond.
“We pushed very hard to get a NO BOND on the suspect David Mitchell that we arrested during the robbery,” police stated, adding that their wish was granted. It’s not clear if Mitchell has a lawyer at this time.
The same day, police identified a second suspect whom they are still searching for.
“Investigators today were able to identify Travonn Johnson as the suspect that drove up during the robbery in the black Chrysler 300 vehicle, beat both victims, and then ran both victims over with the vehicle,” they stated. In the video, he was wearing a white shirt and white underwear.
Charges have already been filed against him for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, police say.
“We would encourage Travonn Johnson to turn himself into law enforcement. The teams of law enforcement that are currently looking for him are not helpless citizens, and will approach him as the suspected violent individual he is,” Constable Mark Herman stated.
The stolen $75,000 was recovered by police, KTRK reported.
[Photo: Harris County Constable Precinct]
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