Friendswood police recently helped arrest a Houston woman on outstanding warrants involving at least four robberies, two in Friendswood.
Deorqunise Genelle Hawkins, 18, was arrested Monday in northeast Houston on two counts of robbery by threats and one count of aggravated robbery.
Hawkins is suspected in two Friendswood-area grocery store robberies — one that took place Nov. 13 at the Kroger on FM 528 and another on March 3 of a Kroger on North Friendswood Drive, police said.
“Based on video surveillance we obtained from the robbery at Kroger on FM 528 back in November — that’s how she was able to make the suspect list,” Friendswood Police Chief Bob Wieners said.
Shortly after the first robbery, Friendswood police said they were looking for a woman who robbed a customer service clerk at the store.
The clerk first thought the woman was joking, but turned over money when the robber appeared to be digging through her purse for a weapon, police said.
The woman left the store with an undisclosed amount of money and left the scene in a silver sedan with a spoiler on the back, officers said.
Police described that suspect as a thin, young African-American woman wearing a green sweat pantsuit, a khaki baseball cap and black shoes.
After the second robbery, Friendswood police described an African-American man in his 20s, wearing a dark grey hoodie, dark blue jeans and white shoes handing the cashier a note demanding money.
The note also said the man had a gun, police said.
After getting the money, the man left the store going south and got into a vehicle, police said.
The similarities between the two robberies led officers to believe they are connected, Wieners said.
“We are in the process of reviewing surveillance footage from that evening,” Wieners said. “The store might have been surveilled or cased just prior to the robbery itself. We are examining video to see if she, and or anyone else, was in the store prior to the robbery.”
Police identified Hawkins as a suspect after a customer service clerk at a Target store at 19955 Katy Freeway in Houston reported that two African-American women attempted to rob a cashier Jan. 11, according to an affidavit released Monday.
One of the women produced a knife and the clerk screamed, causing the two women to flee without taking anything, according to the affidavit.
Surveillance video of a robbery a Kroger store in Sugar Land about 15 minutes before the Target robbery attempt showed two similar suspects, according to the affidavit.
Police identified one of the suspects as Tyia Bennett, 18, and arrested her Feb. 9 on a charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and robbery by threats, jail records show.
Bennett then allegedly identified the other suspect as Hawkins, who was known to her by the nickname “Stanka,” according to the affidavit.
The Target clerk was able to identify both suspects in photo arrays as the two who robbed him at knifepoint, according to the affidavit.
Both were booked into the Harris County jail on $50,000 bonds, jail records show.
The investigation was handled by the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force, according to the affidavit.
Officials with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office declined to release mugshots of the suspects Tuesday afternoon.