HPD: Men posing as census workers kill one in home invasion

It happened at a home on Truman near Yale Saturday afternoon.

July 31, 2010 4:15:43 PM PDT
Police are looking for some men who used a fake story, saying they were census workers, to pull off a deadly home invasion in north Houston. A homicide investigator told us around 2:45pm Saturday, a man came to a home in the 400 block of Truman near Yale and pretended to be a census taker. The homeowner let the man in, then his accomplices rushed inside the house.

"He forced his way in," said HPD Homicide Investigator Steve Straughter. "There were several other males with him and they proceeded to assault family members, resulting in two of them going to the hospital and one remaining here."

The home invaders beat and stabbed the residents, and then fled the scene with several items.

Reginald Keith Haynes, 48, suffered lacerations and possible internal injuries, and was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officers think robbery was the motive, but they do not know if the home invaders took any money.

The suspects are described only as three black males. They were last seen in a white or cream-colored Chevrolet Silverado extended cab pickup truck with tinted windows.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Identifying fake census workers

Census workers have now started going door to door. But how do you know if the person who visits you is a real census worker? Official census takers will not call you or send you an email to ask for a full Social Security number, money or a donation, or banking or credit card information.

To verify a census worker's identification, call 800-563-6499. If a census worker doesn't visit and you feel that you will be missed, call 866-872-6868.

For more on making sure census workers are legitimate, watch this clip from Eyewitness News Sunday morning.


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