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Houston crime: Man wanted after auto shop receptionist was whipped in robbery attempt

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – The receptionist at an auto improvement store was whipped by a man demanding money Monday morning.

Exclusive details on the Eastex Freeway service road near Olana Drive had only been open for an hour and a half when the owner said a red Chevy truck was backing up outside their front door. She said it didn’t seem unusual to anyone, as it looked like the trucks they were working on.

Surveillance video captured a man in a hoodie getting out of the truck with no license plate in the back and using his sleeve to open the front door.

“When he came in, he asked for rims,” ​​said one of the owners, Yadira Sanchez. “(She) told him we didn’t have rims for this truck and just started asking a few more questions. He got mad that we didn’t have the rims. He walked around the office and asked him, ‘Where’s your money? Where’s your money? Of course, we don’t keep any money here.’

The man pulled a gun from his belt before going to the back of the counter and the gun whipped the receptionist who was alone in the lobby on Monday morning. After hitting her several times, he fled through the front door. He took nothing.

“What if he hit her hard and she could have lost her life?” Sanchez said. “Thank God he didn’t pull the trigger, but he had a gun with him.”

The woman went to hospital where she was stabbed in the head and told she had several broken fingers trying to save her face from being punched.

Sanchez said the same man visited their store last week and acted suspiciously. At the time, she and her husband were in the lobby with the receptionist and other customers. Nothing happened.

“He was just asking weird questions that didn’t make sense,” Sanchez recalled. “When I asked him what year his truck was, because he wanted us to bring it up, he didn’t know what to say so he left. I told my husband that I was like, ‘He There’s something about him that I don’t like.

She hopes someone will recognize the man captured by her surveillance cameras and report him to the police.

“We work so hard for what we have that they come here and think they can get away with anything and it hurts innocent people,” Sanchez said. “She was really hurt.”

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