Deputies capture two Crosby bank robbers after gun battle, chase

Deputy B. L. Murray shows how he exchanged gunfire with the armed bank robbers

Search continues for 3rd man

CROSBY – At 1:37 p.m. on Tuesday, local businessman David Ramirez was driving up to Crosby’s CommunityBank, when he observed the beginning of an armed robbery, complete with a gun battle, escape, chase, and eventual capture of some of the perpetrators. He called 9-1-1 and within a few minutes Sheriff’s deputies showed up on the scene, thwarting the heist.

The first robber entered the bank with a gun, disguised with a “hoodie” over his head. As the tellers handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, a silent alarm was tripped, and the Sheriff’s office responded with a convoy of at least eight patrol cars speeding through Highlands toward Crosby.

In the meantime, a deputy driving past the bank observed the men in unusually heavy hot clothing, and sensed something was wrong. These two men had been observed in the parking lot across from the bank earlier in the morning, acting in an unusual way, according to witnesses.

As the deputy, B. L. Murray, pulled into the bank driveway, the robbers fired at him several times, and he returned fire. Although his vehicle was hit, no persons seemed to be wounded, the Sheriff’s office said.

At this point, the suspected robbers ran toward the Friendly Ford car dealersip behind the bank. There they stole a black Ford F150 pickup truck that was being serviced, and had keys in it.

They exited from the dealership by driving down old US90, Beaumont Highway. Officers pursued the truck, and saw one occupant dropped off at an apartment complex, where he got into another vehicle. A state trooper who had received a description of that vehicle intercepted it, somewhere near John Ralston and US90. Two men were arrested, but the third man escaped.

Deputies believe that the man who escaped is the one who shot at the deputy at the bank. He is armed and dangerous, officers reminded the public.


Henry Giron, 21, is charged with Aggravated Assault and is being held at the Harris County Jail.

Investigators still are looking for the third suspect, only described as a black male in his mid to late 20’s, 5’6″ to 5’7″, with a thin build. The getaway car he stole from a nearby dealership was recovered shortly after the bank robbery. Charges against a third suspect are pending.

Anyone with information about the wanted suspect’s identity and/or location should contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS, or the Sheriff’s Office, 713-221-6000.