Home invasion suspects posed as police

March 30, 2011 4:13:50 PM PDT
Two times this past week a group of armed men claiming to be police have broken into Missouri City homes, terrorizing the families inside. But police say they do not believe the cases are related. Police think this was a random act. They say the homeowners were not targeted. A man, his fianc?e and their six-year-old daughter were terrorized inside their Missouri City home.

Homeowner Jhared Marshall says he was startled at about 9:15pm Tuesday when someone kicked in his front door on Aegean Drive.

"I hear 'boom', and 'Police, police, police, police, police!' And I knew immediately that's not the police," Marshall recalled.

His fianc?e was downstairs and he was on the second floor. He ran to his six-year-old daughter's room to protect her, hiding with her in the closet, telling her not to make a sound

That's when Marshall realized his cell phone was in the next room. One of three intruders found them and ordered him out at gunpoint.

Marshall said, "I said, 'Whatever you do, don't kill me in front of my daughter and don't hurt her.'"

They didn't. Police say the men demanded money, holding a gun to Marshall's head and his fianc?e's. They gave up their wallets and the men fled

It's the second incident in less than a week in Missouri City where men claiming to be police have forced their way into a home. Last time they wore vests that actually said police.

Det. Russell Terry with the Missouri City Police Department said, "It does not appear to be a link between this and the previous last week on Norwich Way and what occurred Tuesday night."

Police say Tuesday night all three suspects were African American. Last week the men were Hispanic.

That isn't much in the way of consolation to the victims, and certainly not to the scared six-year-old girl who is afraid now to sleep in her own bed

Missouri City police are not releasing much in the way of suspect descriptions. They can't say either what kind of vehicle they might have used. If you have any information which can help them catch those responsible you are urged to contact the Missouri City Police Department at 281-403-8700.


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