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Texas store owner guns down two thugs trying to rob him in botched 'jugging' incident, police say
Image Source: KHOU-TV YouTube video screenshot composite

Texas store owner guns down two thugs trying to rob him in botched 'jugging' incident, police say

Houston police believe that two of the three people killed outside of a family-owned convenience store were trying to rob the owner in a "jugging" incident.

The incident unfolded on Wednesday when the owner of Ruiz Cash & Carry convenience store in Houston's East End went to the bank and came back to the business, where he was attacked.

He was hit in the back of the head with a blunt object, and he turned to see masked men wearing gloves attacking him. He fired at them with his firearm, and an employee in the store who heard the commotion also fired at the suspects.

Both of the suspects died at the scene.

A third suspect was caught on video driving away from the attack in a newer model black Lincoln Navigator with Texas license plate RTS-3919.

The daughter of one of the store's employees spoke to KHOU-TV and said that it was not the first time the store had been targeted by robbers.

“It scares us just because a situation like that had already happened here," Jacqueline Hernandez said.

Police say that there has been a rise in incidents of "jugging," which they say involves robbery suspects identifying victims at ATMs or banks and following them home to rob them.

“I do want to appeal to anyone who’s watching to please consider your actions, consider your decisions because choices have consequences,” Houston Police Assistant Chief Chandra Hatcher said.

“Unfortunately, the suspects here, I would believe, have loved ones who will now be grieving their loss, but again, choices have consequences. We don’t ever advocate violence or crime, but our citizens do have the right to defend themselves and choices have consequences," she continued.

"Crime does not always pay," Hatcher concluded.

Here's a local news report about the incident:

2 robbery suspects shot and killed by 'jugging' victimwww.youtube.com

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Carlos Garcia

Carlos Garcia

Staff Writer

Carlos Garcia is a staff writer for Blaze News.