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FBI arrests ‘high-heeled car thief’ for string of Texas robberies and kidnapping

The Texas woman, described by the FBI as a “high-heeled hijacker” by the FBI, was arrested for her alleged role in a string of robberies and kidnappings, federal officials said.

Lisa Marie Coleman, 58, got her nickname from the fashionable shoes she wore during at least one of the robberies.

“It’s not very common, and so we thought high-heeled hijacker would be the perfect nickname,” Christina Garza of the FBI’s Houston office told the Post.

According to Houston police, one person she stole from described the woman as beautifully dressed but smelling strongly of body odor.

Coleman’s crime began on November 15, when investigators said she approached Galleria Houston employee Cathy Otten in a mall parking lot and demanded money, KTRK reports. The thief kept her hand in her pocket, which made Otten think Coleman was armed.

“This is a robbery, I have a gun and I need your money,” Otten told the Houston station. “She burst into my car and said: “OK, take me to the ATM.”

The hijacker then forced the terrified woman to drive to several ATMs before making a final stop at a grocery store.

Lisa Marie Coleman was known for her trendy shoes.

Lisa Marie Coleman was known for her trendy shoes.


Coleman was involved in a string of robberies.

Coleman was allegedly involved in a string of robberies.


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Coleman was charged with kidnapping and three counts of robbery with a threat.

Coleman was charged with kidnapping and three counts of robbery with a threat.


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Lisa Marie Coleman
Lisa Marie Coleman was nicknamed “High Heeled Hijacker” by the FBI.
Houston police robbery

“I told her I was not going to leave Randalls. [pharmacy and grocery] with her,” the victim recalls. “I told her, ‘You have the car keys, take the car, go and do what you want.’

Coleman took Otten’s phone, keys, and $160 and left.

On Christmas Eve, Coleman was also behind robberies at a sandwich shop, a hotel and a bank, police said. Each time, she used the same template — giving employees a note ordering them to give her money and threatening violence, police said.


Coleman showed the cashier a note demanding cash, for which she was charged with robbery by threats.
Coleman showed the cashier a note demanding cash, for which she was charged with robbery by threats.
Houston police robbery

In the end, Coleman was arrested on unrelated charges, but the feds confirmed she was connected to the robberies on a tip.

She has since been charged with kidnapping and three counts of threatening robbery.

Meanwhile, federal agents in Houston are looking for the “Pocket Robber” – another bank thug who has been nicknamed because the strategy works so well.

“We learned very quickly that giving them names is a smart tactic because the public gets attached to them,” the FBI spokeswoman said.

“Some people, when we come across them, literally say, ‘Yeah, I’m that nickname we gave them,’” Garza added.

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