A tense situation ended in just minutes when three robbery suspects in masks held up the Woodforest Bank inside Gallery Furniture, ABC13 reported.
Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale said he was on the phone with police in Houston, Texas, but they already knew why he was calling.
“They said, ‘We’re in pursuit of the suspects and they’re on foot, and we’re gonna get them in a minute,’ and they got ’em,” McIngvale said. “Great job to HPD, Art Acevedo, and all the people at HPD did a great job, and we’re back to selling furniture.”
It was just after 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, when police said the three suspects wearing masks held up the bank.
“One male produced a weapon and demanded everyone to the ground,” said HPD Robbery Division Sgt. David Helms, who is assigned to the FBI Violent Crime Task Force. “The second male hopped the counter, cleared out all the drawers of the Woodforest Bank inside Gallery Furniture and the third stayed as a lookout.”
Mattress Mack heard screams coming from the corner where the bank is located inside his store. He said, “I was rushed down there by the time it was all over.”
A security guard got a vehicle description and license plate. Patrol officers immediately chased the suspects until they crashed their getaway vehicle.
The suspects attempted to run off but didn’t get very far. Police recovered the stolen cash and then brought the accused robbers back to the store for bank employees to identify.
Mattress Mack said he was just happy no one was injured.
“It’s tragic that those type of people exists in our society, but they do,” he said, “HPD did a great job of apprehending them faster than I could ever imagine.”