A 41-year-old man is now in custody and facing several charges after being arrested for committing a series of crimes specifically targeting women from the Asian community in two separate counties.
The suspect, identified as Derrick Rogers, is now being charged with “aggravated assault of a family member, burglary of a habitation, robbery with bodily injury and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon,” according to Click2Houston. He is currently being held in Harris County jail on unrelated charges.
Rogers allegedly committed the crimes from June 2017 up to September 2018, which targeted mostly Asian women from Harris and Fort Bend in Texas, where he allegedly would stalk them.
Russell Gray, a detective sergeant with the Houston Police Department (HPD), said in a press conference that the suspect began with burglary, breaking into the homes of his victims and taking their possessions. However, he apparently updated his modus operandi (MO) as he continued his crimes.
“Our biggest fear with this suspect is that he did it so much and so long and went undetected,” Gray said. “The trend here was that he stepped up his game. It’s one thing to do burglaries when no one is home and you can get away with it. There’s no witnesses, you’re stealing property. But toward the latter part of this crime spree, he upped it to robberies. At that point, he didn’t care if they were home or not.”
The police revealed they’ve recovered two guns that Rogers used in his robberies as well as a large amount of stolen properties during their investigation.
Also in the investigation, it was revealed that Rogers bound one of his female victims and continued to threaten her with a gun, while in another case, he beat his victim with a brick before binding her using duct tape and robbing her.
Investigators believe that there are still many other women that Rogers victimized during his crime spree. The Houston Police Department is now encouraging the public to step forward if they have any information regarding the case. You can contact the HPD’s robbery division hotline at 713-308-0700.
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