Houston police arrest suspects involved in string of park robberies

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HOUSTON – A hike and bike trail in Houston is a little safer thanks to the Houston Police Department.

It started back on December 14, 2013. That’s when police say a rash of robberies broke out, but they’ve made a break in the case. HPD says Damontres Darnell Mitchell and Jassan Rashaad Hughes were the duo responsible for at least six armed robberies at the Terry Hershey Park hike & bike trail.

“They were concealing their faces with bandannas and ski masks. They would approach people on the hike and bike trail, either runners or bikers, and display a weapon and demand their property. They would either run from the area or on a bicycle,” said Sgt. Cathy Richards, HPD robbery division.

Police say they even sexually assaulted a woman.

“Both males followed her into the restroom, and they sexually assaulted her while she was in the restroom,” Richards explained.

Both have been charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.