Realtor and Client Robbed at Gunpoint During Daytime House Showing
Residents of a Heights-area neighborhood are alarmed after a realtor and her client were robbed at gunpoint during a daytime house showing. The client’s baby was caught in the middle of the incident, and the Houston Police Department is currently searching for four suspects involved in the crime.
Details of the Robbery
After viewing several houses, the realtor and client arrived at a property for lease near the intersection of Kiam Street and Arabelle Street in the Cottage Grove neighborhood around 12:15 p.m. on Sunday. Both victims spoke with KPRC 2’s Bryce Newberry by phone but were too traumatized to share their stories on camera. They expressed fear and disgust since the suspects have not yet been caught.
Four Suspects Involved
As the women arrived at the location, Houston Police Department (HPD) reported that four suspects followed closely behind in a gray Nissan Altima. One of the suspects confronted the mother as she got out of the car, allegedly pulling her baby from a car seat and pointing a gun at her while demanding her diaper bag.
Neighbors Respond to the Crime
A neighbor who heard the commotion and rushed to help described the mother’s screams and the situation escalating very quickly. The neighbor, who spoke with the victims after the ordeal, said the mother indicated that the suspects were threatening to harm her infant son. Another suspect stole a gun from the center console of a car, as well as the realtor’s phone and keys, before fleeing the scene.
Realtors and Crime Awareness
Heights-area realtor Bill Baldwin commented on the incident, stating that realtors and the real estate community are dealing with all kinds of crime and must be more aware of their surroundings than ever before. Baldwin, who serves on the board of the Houston Association of Realtors, has never heard of a realtor being robbed at gunpoint. Neighbors said that the Cottage Grove neighborhood usually deals with package thieves or car break-ins.
No arrests have been made in connection with the crime. The HPD Robbery Unit is currently investigating. Tips can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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