An armed robber allegedly killed a 59-year-old Houston-area Cracker Barrel manager as she fought to save her employee’s life early Saturday morning.
As reported by KHOU-11, Robin Baucom, mother of three and grandmother of three, was already in the North Freeway store when one of her employees arrived for work around 6:15 a.m. As the employee was ringing the bell to gain entrance, a silver Dodge Charger pulled up and a man got out of the passenger side to ask if the restaurant was open. He then allegedly grabbed for the employee’s purse.
By this time, Baucom had gotten to the front door to let the employee inside; she attempted to push the door closed again to prevent the intruder from entering, but he overpowered her, firing one shot into her chest.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Harris County Precinct 4 Constables, the victim was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and underwent surgery but died soon thereafter.
During a Sunday candlelight vigil in the restaurant parking lot, Baucom’s daughter Tina told ABC13, “She was a fireball. You don’t mess with her or hers. And these employees and her family were hers. She would have done anything in the world to protect any one of her employees or any one of us.”
Baucom’s sister Gail added, “It was such a senseless way for her to lose her life. She was just trying to go to work to make a living.”
Baucom was a 34-year veteran of the Cracker Barrel store.
“When I was starting kindergarten, she started at Cracker Barrel part-time. She would buy me back-to-school clothes. It was supposed to be a couple of months. Thirty-four years later, a heartache, and here we are,” her daughter Tina recalled.
Regular customers attended the vigil, as well, and had fond remembrances of her. Angelia Richmond, a Cracker Barrel patron for 18 years, said, “It didn’t matter who you were, she made sure you were taken care of. She stood out. Not only that, she remembered your name.”
Cracker Barrel released this statement on Saturday:
“We can confirm that there was a criminal shooting at our Houston store on North Freeway prior to opening this morning which resulted in our store’s associate manager sustaining fatal injuries as she protected other employees from harm. All of Cracker Barrel is solely focused on supporting our manager’s family, her fellow employees, and local law enforcement as we grapple with this tragedy and grieve.”
Deputies are still searching for the shooter and his accomplice, as well as the gray Dodge Charger they drove away in. Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.
Supportive messages have been coming in:
My husband services the Cracker Barrel restaurants with their firewood. Airtex was the first. We have known Robin for about 20 years. We are sickened and heartbroken. We are soooooo terribly sorry for her family and coworkers. She will be deeply missed.
— Judy Chumley (@JudyChumley) January 17, 2022
Oh nooooo 😞😞 Best manager- I would always compliment her on what a fantastic job she and her staff were doing. So shocking!!! Prayers for her family 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Storm Chaser Houston (@PastorJaimeG) January 15, 2022
So very sorry, Robin was a wsrm, caring person, i am so very sorry for her family, friends and co-workers. God please comfort those left behind..
— MD (@MDMatt1128) January 16, 2022
So sad. Robin was a great person! I worked with her at the Cracker Barrel. She was always helping others. I hope they find these murders. Put them under the jail. Six feet under.
— Dennis Ivester (@dennisivester88) January 16, 2022
Speaking from the perspective as a frequent customer” She was a very sweet and professional lady.” I am sad and very disturbed by this cruel act this coward committed. My prayer and condolences go out to her family, friends, loved ones, and colleagues. RIP Mrs. Robin Baucom.
— Donald Gary (@donald_gary) January 16, 2022
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