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Suspect Sought in Series of Houston Facebook Robberies

HOUSTON – The Houston Police Department’s Robbery Division need the public’s assistance identifying the suspect(s) responsible for a series of theft from person (robberies) committed by the same suspect.

On Sunday, March 15, 2021 at 11:03 am, the complainant was attempting to purchase an iPhone that she located on Facebook Marketplace and arranged to meet with the seller named Shawnne Williams. The complainant stated that they had arranged to meet at a convenience store parking lot located at the 2300 block of Scott. The complainant stated that when she displayed cash to the suspect, the suspect grabbed the money from her hand, got into a black four-door Toyota Corolla, and fled the scene.

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, the complainant was selling an iPhone on Facebook Marketplace to a person named as Shawnee Williams and arranged to meet with a potential buyer at the 3300 block of Kirby, in Houston, Texas. The complainant stated that the buyer pulled up in a black four-door sedan, the buyer displayed the money from within the vehicle, so the seller handed the phone to the suspect. The suspect then sped off in the parking lot and fled the location.

On Monday, March 29, 2021, the complainant was selling an iPhone on Facebook Marketplace to a person named Braylen Brown and arranged to meet with a potential buyer at the 500 block of Sulpher, in Houston, Texas. The complainant stated that the buyer pulled up in a green Ford Expedition, the buyer displayed the money from within the vehicle, so the seller then handed the phone to the suspect. The suspect then sped off in the parking lot and fled the location.

On Thursday, April 1, 2021, the complainant was selling an iPhone on Facebook Marketplace to a person named Christopher Lawrence and arranged to meet with a potential buyer at an apartment complex at the 7900 block of Westheimer, in Houston, Texas. The complainant stated that he made contact with the potential buyer and handed the suspect the iPhone. The suspect then handed the complainant an envelope and quickly left the location. The complainant stated that when he opened the envelope, it contained paper napkins.

On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, the complainant was selling an iPhone on Facebook Marketplace to a person named Braylen and arranged to meet with a potential buyer at an apartment complex at the 12000 block of Overbrook, in Houston, Texas. The complainant stated that she made contact with the potential buyer and they began to talk. When the complainant pulled her phone out, the suspect grabbed the phone and pushed her back, causing her to lose her balance and fall on the ground. The suspect then got into a four-door newer model black Lexus and fled the scene.

One additional incident occurred in Montgomery County at the 900 block of Carriage Hills. In that incident, the suspect used an alias of Braylen Brown on Facebook Marketplace.

Suspect description: Unidentified gender, 25 to 35 years old, 5’8, 180 to 200 pounds, black hair, brown eyes.

Please contact Crime Stoppers of Houston DIRECTLY if you have any information related to this investigation. Information leading to the charging and/or arrest of any felony suspects may result in a cash payment up to $5,000. Tipsters MUST contact Crime Stoppers DIRECTLY to remain anonymous and to be considered for a cash payment by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477)

Note: The suspect is creating fake accounts with different names on Facebook with the same photo (same individual the victims are meeting in person) in the robberies. 

Houston Police Department’s Robbery Division

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