First, it was the attempted robbery of a small jewelry store. The owner fought back and killed all three suspects. Days later, another attempted robbery ended with the death of another suspect. In both cases, the owner shot and killed the robbers. Here’s HPD Captain Robert Manzo and Councilman James Rodriguez.
“The robberies that occurred last month were tragic and isolated incidents. Houston’s East End is a vibrant community full of hard working, law abiding, caring individuals, many of them operating small businesses in this area.”
“These were two isolated incidents and very rare for crimes of this magnitude to occur out here, but we just wanted to make sure that our residents know that we are proactive and there are measures in place to keep people safe and that the East End is a great place to do business.”
Police are planning more patrols and they’re also holding meetings with business owners in the area to help them not become victims of crime.
It was Councilmember Rodriguez who organized the press conference. He explained why.
“To let the criminal element know that the East End is a safe place. It’s well patrolled. There’s a lot of visibility and boots on the ground and we’re going to continue to be vigilant and arm our constituents and business owners with knowledge and solutions. “
Rodriquez says he grew up in the East End and has many fond memories. He and others are determined not to let the criminals ruin it.