UPDATE (January 27, 1:54 p.m.): Houston's Police Department's Jodie Silva has released a statement saying, "After further investigation it was determined that no robbery occurred. The suspect is still in custody for unrelated charges."
HOUSTON - Thanks to a smart Houston teen and his smart phone, police were able to catch a suspected armed robber who they thought had gotten away. Houston police have detained Randy Anderson in connection to a reported robbery in the parking lot of Costco on Richmond
The mother of the 19-year-old victim and Costco employee, says Anderson approached her son, asking for help.
The 19-year-old, who wished to not be identified, said he was on his lunch break in the store parking lot when a man approached him asking for help.
"He said his car had been towed and he needed money to get his car back from the company," Kate Poole, the victim's mother said.
She's says her son was willing to help, but asked for the guy`s name and more. "My son said `OK great, not a problem. Let me get your picture so I know what you look like and info and stuff,`' Poole said.
The man obliged, and the victim snapped his picture, according to the family. That`s when things took a turn.
"So he took his picture, as soon as he put the phone back in his pocket, he pulled a gun on him," Poole said.
The man reportedly forced the victim to go to a nearby ATM and withdraw $200. But, he left the phone behind, his picture and all.
"He has such a big heart and to hear someone take advantage of him like that just breaks my heart," Poole said.