Serial Robbers in Fort Worth Targeting Hispanics

Group of four armed men linked to 11 robberies in last two weeks

Fort Worth police are asking for help in tracking down a group of serial robbers.

Police believe the group of four armed men is connected to 11 robberies in the city over the last two weeks. The robberies appear to be random, but all the victims are Hispanic.

"These guys are very prolific at what they are doing," Detective Brian Raynsford said. "They're specific in their targeting, they are armed."

From surveillance video from the morning of July 5, police have video and pictures of three of the four men they're looking for in connection with the robberies. They were caught on two different stores surveillance cameras trying to use a stolen credit card following three robberies in the hours before.

"The victims are Hispanic in their descent," Raynsford said. "They are out at late hours in the night -- they can be in their front yards, they could be walking down the street, they could be sweeping up a parking lot."

The criminals have robbed several people at apartment complexes, including two incidents on East Seminary Drive in south Fort Worth.

Others have been robbed in their neighborhood. A man was robbed late last month at Lydon Avenue and Northwest 27th Street.

And they've also targeted businesses. An employee at a taco shop on Hemphill Street was robbed of his cellphone, wallet, watch and keys. The robbers took off in an older model, white sport utility vehicle.

"These guys are unusual in their method of the targeting," Raynsford said. "It seems like all the crimes are conducted randomly; the victims are all the same."

While no one has been hurt, police fear that could change.

"A shot was fired during a robbery that we believe is related to these individuals," Raynsford said. "It's only a matter of time before it does escalate and ... someone gets to the hospital or worse."

Police are concerned that the group may strike again on Friday, a pay day. It's not clear why the men may be targeting Hispanics.

Anyone with information is asked to call Raynsford at the Fort Worth Police Robbery Unit at 817-392-4370 or call Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS (8477).

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