Two Teen Suspects Arrested in Robbery That Left Woman Paralyzed

March 19, 2023

HOUSTON, TX—Police say two suspects are in custody in a robbery that left a Vietnamese woman paralyzed last month.

During a Friday afternoon press conference, Houston police said 17-year-old Joseph Harrell and 19-year-old Zy’Nika Ayesha Woods are both being charged with Aggravated Robbery and Serious Bodily Injury for the violent robbery in Houston that left 44-year-old Nhung Troung paralyzed on February 13.

Harrell was also involved in another case unrelated to this attack.

Footage of the attack

Detectives say Truong had withdrawn money from a Bank of America on Blackhawk Boulevard near the Beltway and was followed by the suspect for 24 miles to a shopping center on the 9800 block of Bellaire.

Surveillance footage shows Truong dropping her belongings on the ground and the man running away with what he thought was an envelope filled with cash. Seconds later, the assailant returned, picked up Truong, and body-slammed her to the ground.

Truong is unable to walk or use the bathroom by herself. Now, the single mom has to rely on a wheelchair and help from her three kids who are 13, 15, and 20 years old and still in school, reports FOX26.

Family members told FOX26 the suspect stole around $4,300 from them. Truong had been saving up money to visit her family in Vietnam that she hadn’t seen in nearly six years.

Truong’s mother, Nu, was brought to tears after hearing what happened to her daughter. Truong lost her husband to liver cancer seven years ago.

After the attack, doctors told Truong she only has a 50-percent chance to fully cover.

To access Nhung Troung’s GoFundMe Page, please click HERE

Feature Images via Houston Police Department

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