Gunman sought in robbery of armored van in Houston

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HOUSTON — The FBI is still searching for a suspect in connection with the armed robbery of an armored van that involved gunfire at the University of Houston early Friday.

The robbery of a Loomis armored car carrying two guards occurred in front of the University Center building and was reported at about 8 a.m., according to Shauna Dunlap, spokeswoman for the FBI Houston Division.

University staff went on alert, posting information about the incident on the campus website.


Dunlap told the Los Angeles Times that the robber approached the van while it was stopped and one of the guards was outside. He ordered the driver out at gunpoint, climbed in and drove away, Dunlap said.

One of the guards fired a shot as the man drove away, she said. No injuries were reported.

The truck was later found abandoned on campus, she said. Dunlap said that the robber escaped with some cash, but that some cash was also recovered from the van. She did not say how much money was taken.

She said it was not clear if the man acted alone, or how he fled from where the van was found. A red truck was later discovered abandoned at a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic, and investigators are trying to determine whether it is connected to the robbery, Dunlap said.

The FBI, Houston and university police are investigating.


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