HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Two Houston area college students were detained for 12 hours when two gunmen emptied a bank account and forced them to sell their phones.
The Houston Police Department is investigating the early May kidnapping and robbery.
They released composite sketches of the suspects last week.
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On Monday evening, the victims, who did not want to be identified, spoke to ABC13 about the ordeal.
“We didn’t know if they would tie us up and throw us out,” said one of the victims. “We didn’t know if they would drop us off. We didn’t know if they would kill us. To be honest, we didn’t know what to expect. “
According to the police, on the night of the 3rd
The young women were talking outside in the parking lot of a restaurant on the 3000s block of Audley when two men got out of a maroon SUV and held it at gunpoint.
They had a victim show them their bank statement on their phone so they know how much they could get.
They forced the victims into the vehicle and drove them to ATMs to withdraw cash for the next 12 hours and detained them in a hotel overnight until the bank opened in the morning.
Then the two were separated.
“They said, ‘If you do any funny business, we have your boyfriend. We have a gun. Go in there and ask for the money and just come out with it,'” said one victim.
Fearing for her friend’s safety, she obeyed. In the end, her account was emptied.
“In the end, $ 7,400 was gone … overnight. Twelve hours. All gone,” said the student, who worked full-time during college.
The robbers even got them to sell their phones on an EcoATM that gives you instant cash for a phone.
They eventually let her go near downtown.
The victims, who have been friends since high school, were able to describe the armed men to an illustrator.
The family of the victim who was stripped of all their money set up a GoFundMe to help them get some of it back.
“We’re only young people and that has had a huge impact on our lives, not just financially but mentally,” said one victim. “We just don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers of Houston directly at 713-222-TIPS. A monetary reward is offered for clues leading to arrest or indictment.
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