‘Serial robber’ arrested in Houston: Man linked to seven armed robberies after 10-year sentence, police seek more victims

‘Serial robber’ arrested in Houston: Man linked to seven armed robberies after 10-year sentence, police seek more victims

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A Houston man is behind bars for his role in several armed robberies after being released from prison months earlier.

Ronald Albert, 35, is charged in connection with three armed robberies, but Detective GD Garcia of the Houston Police Robbery Division said he has been linked to seven.

“He has a very strong history of violent behavior,” Garcia said.

Garcia said Albert was released from a 10-year prison sentence in October for committing nine armed robberies at fast food restaurants and gas stations.

“I think ten years would have been enough to learn the lesson,” Garcia said.

As early as January, police believed Albert had returned to committing robberies. According to police, he has been caught in the act on surveillance videos several times.

Albert is known to attack female employees when the businesses are empty.

“Many of our complainants only speak Spanish, but I assume they understand the universal language of, unfortunately, a gun in their face,” Garcia said.

Garcia said she has noticed Albert’s behavior has become bolder with each incident.

Albert covered his face during some of the robberies, but didn’t bother to do so during others, Garcia said.

During a robbery on June 5, Garcia said he was seen on surveillance video firing his gun. No one was injured.

“One of the most important rules of gun safety is to keep your finger off the trigger,” Garcia said during a news conference Friday. “In his case, he has his finger on the trigger ready to pull it at any moment and the fact that we’re not investigating a capital murder is an absolute blessing.”

His alleged crimes occurred in January, March, May and June.

Because of gaps in the timeline, police believe there are other victims they are unaware of.

“The possibilities are endless for what he’s done in these last eight months,” Garcia said.

Albert has been denied bail. He is due back in court on Monday, where a district court judge could change that status.

Anyone with additional information about other acts or who acted as Albert’s getaway driver is asked to call the Houston Police Robbery Division at 713-308-0700.

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