SUGAR LAND (Covering Fort Bend News)– Sugar Land police have identified a man suspected in the armed robbery of a Sugar Land Walgreens as one of the four suspects recently involved in a shootout with law enforcement following a similar robbery in Katy, which left two suspects dead.
On Feb. 7, an aggravated robbery occurred at the Walgreens store located in the 4700 block of Sweetwater. Multiple men entered the store armed with handguns and took cash. Detectives coordinated with other agencies including the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety during the investigation and learned that the group was believed to be responsible for many robberies around the Houston Metro area.
“A joint task force was following these individuals who are suspected of robbing eight different stores,” said Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stephen Woodard following the robbery in Katy.
On Feb. 12 the same suspects robbed a Walgreens at the corner of Westheimer Parkway at South Mason Road.
When the suspects left the store there was a very brief foot chase. Woodard said the suspects fired on the task force members who returned fire. Two of the four suspects were killed. One died at the front gate of an apartment complex next door to the Walgreens. The other died at the hospital. The two other suspects were arrested and were questioned.
“This is a violent crew that has been on a crime spree for the last two weeks or so,” said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez who was on the scene following the robbery in Katy.
Sugar Land Police Department detectives obtained a confession from one of the suspects for the robbery in Sugar Land and an arrest warrant was served on him today, Feb. 21, at the Fort Bend County jail for aggravated robbery. The suspect is identified as Joshua Dewayne Prater, 21-year-old male from Houston.
Prater currently is booked into the Fort Bend County jail on a $225,000 combined bond for the robberies.
See original story on Cinco Ranch Walgreen’s shootout below.