Victim describes home invasion robbery by four suspects near Sugar Land
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A wife recalls the terrifying moments as her family was held at gunpoint, tied up and robbed in their own home.
The gunmen were dressed as law enforcement officials, but the truth is they were a gang of thieves. Now this neighborhood is on alert.
The men were wearing ski masks and shirts that stated they were narcotics officers. They obviously were not and investigators are working feverishly to find them before they strike again.
This Fort Bend County woman asked us not to show her face after the traumatic day she endured.
"After, I was like shaking myself. I couldn't believe this was happening to us," she told Eyewitness News.
She was awake just after midnight Monday, waiting for her husband to return home from work to their home in the Kingsbridge Place subdivision. He owns a convenience store just a few miles away. She watched as her husband was jumped from behind the very second he opened the front door.
"I think they were already here waiting for him. They got him by surprise," the woman said.
She says at least four men rushed in, tied his hands and feet with some kind of zip tie and carried him to a bedroom. She says the intruders pulled her 80-something-year-old in-laws out of bed and tied them up, too, kicking her father-in-law.
She says she was restrained, the men tying her up along with her two daughters, aged eight and two. Then she says the men pistol-whipped her husband repeatedly.
"They wanted cash. My husband took out cash and gave it to them and they said no, they want more. They were hitting him so hard. He was bleeding all over," she told us.
She says the men ransacked the home, tearing the place apart, apparently looking for cash and jewelry. Thankfully, she says the burglar alarm was triggered when her husband didn't deactivate it after getting home. She guesses the men were inside five to 15 minutes, only running when they heard deputies responding.
"I was just praying that, 'oh please the police should come,'" she said.
Deputies say the victims said the assailants all spoke Spanish and all wore black pants, black shirts, gloves and ski masks. One victim said one of the suspects was dark-skinned and he spoke English. Some of the T-shirts had NARCOTICS on the back.
Information which leads to the apprehension and filing of charges on the suspects involved could earn a reward of up to $5,000.
Call Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office at 281-341-4665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tips also can be submitted online at FortBend-TX-CrimeStoppers.org. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.
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