HOUSTON—Richard Goodie is not the kind of father you want to mess with. A pair of suspects found that out the hard way Friday morning in a botched robbery in northwest Harris County.
It all started when Goodie’s 14-year-old daughter, Moriah, was headed to school around 6:30 a.m. Investigators said she’d just locked up her home and was walking down the sidewalk when she was approached by two men.
"She was approached by two black males. One with a pistol grabbed her around the neck and had her in a choke hold, and held the pistol to her head," Lt. Jeff Stauber of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.
Luckily for Moriah, Richard Goodie heard the commotion. He grabbed his handgun and fired a warning shot, but the suspect still wouldn’t let Moriah go.
"The gentlemen that had her around the neck said he was going to kill her if [the father] did not back away. [The suspect] started dragging the young girl into the street. There was some separation, and at that point the daddy was able to fire one shot at the suspect," Stauber said.
Richard Goodie’s shot struck the suspect in the abdomen, causing him to let go of Moriah. The second suspect fled the scene.
"It was scary. It was scary. But I had to do what I had to do. He was jeopardizing my daughter’s life, my life. So I had to do what I had to do," Richard Goodie said.
Thankfully, Moriah was not hurt.
"My dad did what he had to do, but I’m good," she said.
The injured suspect, later identified as Matthew Hendricks, was airlifted to Memorial Hermann. He is expected to survive.
Police said a third suspect – the teen's mother – was arrested when she pulled up to the scene in a car. Investigators said she and the injured suspect have both been charged with aggravated robbery, but they would not comment any further on what the mother's role might have been.