A pair of armed robberies last night in the Reservoir Road area: two Latino men robbed by assailants who forced their way into their apartment at the notoriously dicey Barrington Hills complex near Reservoir Road, and a robbery by a masked man armed with a handgun just before 2 a.m. at the Burger King at 11410 N. Rodney Parham. LRPD is working to see if the robberies are connected.
The Barrington Hills case in particular brings to mind a series of Reservoir Road-area robberies we wrote about back in 2009 in which the shooter targeted Latinos because of the presumption they'd be less likely to contact the police. Six men were shot in those robberies. Three of them died.
The police report on the Barrington Hills robbery, depending on how you look at it, is either a chronicle of abject courage or deep foolhardiness, with the victims taking on an assailant armed with a loaded .40 caliber handgun with only a bottle of soap and their bare hands. One of them managed to get his wallet back before the guy fled, but it could have easily ended in tragedy.
Report on the jump...
OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE LISTED ADDRESS FOR A ROBBERY JUST OCCURRED. THEY MADE CONTACT WITH THE VICTIMS, MR. ACOSTA AND MR. SOLIS. MR. ACOSTA STATED, WHILE INSIDE THE APARTMENT, AN UNKNOWN BLACK MALE PUSHED HIS BROTHER, MR. SOLIS, IN THE APARTMENT FROM THE REAR BACK DECK WITH A GUN POINTED AT HIM. MR. ACOSTA STATED THE SUSPECT DEMANDED MONEY FROM MR. SOLIS AS HE PUSHED HIM DOWN INSIDE THE KITCHEN AREA.
AS MR. ACOSTA ATTEMPTED TO HELP HIS BROTHER ANOTHER BLACK MALE SUSPECT GRABBED HIM AND DEMANDED HIS MONEY AS HE WAS TAKING HIS WALLET. MR. ACOSTA FOUGHT WITH THE 2ND SUSPECT AND TOOK BACK HIS WALLET AS THE SUSPECT RAN AWAY. WHEN HE RETURNED TO THE APARTMENT SUSPECT 1 WAS STANDING OVER MR. SOLIS, TAKING HIS WALLET AND CELL PHONE, WITH A BLACK AND SILVER HANDGUN IN ONE OF HIS HANDS. MR. ACOSTA GRABBED A SOAP BOTTLE OFF A NEARBY SELF AND STRUCK THE SUSPECT IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD. HE THEN PULLED THE JACKET OFF THE SUSPECT AS THEY WERE FALLING OUT THE REAR DOOR OF THE APARTMENT. WHILE OUTSIDE, THE SUSPECT FIRED ONE SHOT IN AN UNKNOWN DIRECTION AND RAN WITH SUSPECT 3, WHO WAS WATCHING THIS INCIDENT AROUND THE FRONT SIDE OF THE BUILDING.
MS. JOHNSON STATED SHE WITNESSED THIS INCIDENT TAKE PLACE FROM HER APARTMENT AND DID NOT SEE WHERE THE SUSPECTS WENT. SHE STATED IT APPEARED SUSPECT 1 SHOT AT MR. SOLIS AS HE WAS RUNNING AWAY. MR. POOT STATED HE WAS IN THE BATHROOM AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT AND DID NOT SEE ANYTHING.
SGT. JUNKINS WAS NOTIFIED AND RESPONDED. DET. HOPPER ALSO RESPONDED TO THE SCENE FOR STATEMENTS. CRIME SCENE RESPONDED AND COLLECTED A JACKET AND A SHOE LEFT BY SUSPECT 1. ALSO ONE .40 CAL SHELL CASING AND A PLASTIC BAG USED TO COVER THE HANDGUN WERE RECOVERED AND STORED BY CRIME SCENE. OFFICERS SEARCHED THE AREA FOR SUSPECTS WITH NEGATIVE RESULTS.