Armed home invaders tie up victims

June 12, 2009 2:31:56 PM PDT
A violent home invasion in west Houston happened Friday in broad daylight. Two men with guns broke into a home and tied up their victims. Police were called to the home on Cedar Creek near Sage in the Tanglewood area around 10am Friday morning.

The two suspects were last seen speeding from the scene in a gold-colored SUV. They're considered armed and dangerous.

Police said someone confronted a contractor working outside the house, forcing him inside at gunpoint, where the homeowner, who identifies himself as John Parker, and another contractor were caught off guard.

"They were tied up and the house was searched for valuables," said Officer Kim Miller of the Houston Police Department.

Police said one of the suspects quickly ransacked the upstairs while the victims were held at gunpoint against their will. The suspects forced the men to give up their watches and wallets. They complied.

Investigators wouldn't say how much money or jewelry was stolen from the house. The suspects fled without hurting the men. Investigators also said one of the victims was able to get his hands free and called 911.

Neighbors said this type of crime rarely happens here, in a part of town where homes appraise typically for well over a million dollars.

"This is very scary. It's a very safe neighborhood. I feel very safe here. Now, I don't know," said neighbor Tom Blake.

Parker owns John Parker Auto Sales in Houston. He said four men tied him up there and robbed him in a similar way about a year ago.

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