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Crew shooting film to promote Houston robbed at 'We Love Houston' sign

The suspect's face was captured by a GoPro camera he dropped while fleeing.

By Ben Hooper
Crew shooting film to promote Houston robbed at 'We Love Houston' sign
The suspect's face was captured by a GoPro camera at the "We Love Houston" sign. Newsfix video screenshot

HOUSTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A production crew shooting a promotional film for the city of Houston said they were robbed at gunpoint while shooting the famous "We Love Houston" sign.

Zach Jankovic, a Houston native and owner of the production company, said his crew was shooting footage of the "We Love Houston" sign for a film to promote the positive aspects of the city when a man approached them and brandished a gun.

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The man fled with two video cameras being used by the crew and a GoPro they were using to shoot behind-the-scenes footage.

The suspect got away in a Nissan Altima, but not before he dropped the GoPro, which Jankovic said recorded a clear shot of the suspect's face as he fled.

"For some reason he left the GoPro behind," Jankovic told KTRK-TV. "If you are going to rob a camera crew, grab all of that media so that you are not able to be plastered all over the Internet."

Jankovic said he circulated the man's photo online and turned the footage over to police. He said the man got away with about $15,000 worth of equipment, but he was more concerned about the damage to Houston's reputation than the loss of money.

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"I'm sort of naive to the crime that takes place in Houston," he said. "The idea of the video was to promote Houston."

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