A Texas woman suspected of being the "High-Heeled Hijacker" is in custody after weeks on the run, police say.
Lisa Marie Coleman, 58, was arrested Thursday and is accused of carrying out no less than three Houston-area robberies – including a bank robbery – between November and December 2022, according to Houston Police’s Robbery Division. She is now charged with three counts of robbery by threat, as well as kidnapping, though officials say she could be responsible for more crimes.
Known as the “High-Heeled Hijacker,” a name coined by the FBI’s Houston field office, Coleman’s alleged crime spree began Nov. 15 at around 6:00 p.m. when she allegedly approached a woman in a parking garage at the 5500 block of Wesleyan in West Houston, according to police.
The female complainant – identified as Katie Otten by ABC Houston affiliate KTRK-TV – told authorities the woman kept her right hand in her pocket, leading the victim to believe she was armed. The suspect then allegedly forced Otten to drive to several ATMs and withdraw cash.
Otten said she drove the suspect around for about 30 minutes until their last stop at a Randalls grocery store.
“I told her I wasn’t going to leave Randalls with her,” Otten told the Houston outlet. “I told her, ‘You have the car keys; take the car, go, and do whatever you want.’”
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The unidentified woman made off with about $160, as well as Otten’s phone and car keys.
Police say that on Dec. 21 at around 4:50 p.m., the same woman entered the JW Marriott Hotel restaurant on the 5100 block of Westheimer and “displayed a threatening note” to the cashier, again demanding money. The suspect fled on foot, cash in hand.
Two days later, the suspect allegedly entered a bank – also on Westheimer – and, once again, presented a similar note demanding money, according to police.
“The teller complied with the suspect and gave her the money from the cash drawer,” said police. “The suspect fled the location in a dark-colored sedan.”
Earlier this month, Houston Police and the FBI’s violent crime task force released surveillance video in hopes of identifying the suspect.
At the time, the suspect was described as a white female, between 40 and 50 years old, wearing a black baseball cap, black coat, mask, and sunglasses. She was believed to have blond or gray hair, which she tucked under her hat, according to police.
She wore high heels in at least two of the robberies and was described by one victim as being “dressed nicely” but “smelled heavily of body odor.”
Houston Police previously released information related to a Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 incident believed to have been committed by the "High-Heeled Hijacker."
Jail records reviewed by Oxygen.com show Coleman was charged Tuesday with two additional counts of robbery by threat. However, officials have yet to confirm whether the new charges are related to the Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 robberies.
Houston Police and the FBI did not immediately respond to requests by Oxygen.com.
In the Dec. 19 robbery, police said the suspect entered a hotel lobby at around 8:30 p.m.
“The female walked up to the counter, displayed a note to the clerk, stating that another suspect was standing by outside of the hotel while armed with a weapon, and to give her the cash from the register,” according to police.
In the Dec. 20 incident – which police say Coleman is “believed to be responsible for” – police say a woman entered a sandwich shop on Westheimer at around 9:20 p.m. and presented a note demanding money from the register. She left the business on foot.
It remains unclear how authorities narrowed in on Coleman as a suspect
Police say she “could possibly be linked to more” robberies, according to Friday’s release.
Coleman remains at the Baker Street Jail in Houston on $450,000 bond. She is expected to appear in court on April 25.