Home invaders terrorize couple in SW Harris County

April 5, 2011 9:47:12 AM PDT
Police say a trio of crooks robbed a couple at gunpoint in southwest Harris County. No one was hurt but neighbors are concerned. Deputies say the suspects broke into a home on Embarcadero near Manfield just after 9pm Monday. Residents say in the last decade or so they can remember only one similar instance in which one of their neighbors was attacked by a robber.

Monday night's case seems to be a little different. Apparently the victim runs a home business out of his garage. Neighbors say there's lots of traffic in and out of there.

Deputies got a call from the homeowner, saying three men forced their way into his home and pulled a gun on him. The homeowner's wife was also home at the time. The homeowner told deputies he was hit in the head with a gun and that the thieves stole two safes. It's still unclear what was in those safes.

Eyewitness News spoke with several neighbors, all of whom say they heard nothing -- no screaming, no fighting, no glass breaking nor gunshots before seeing the ambulance and squad cars outside. As they're learning pieces of what happened, they told us they are growing more concerned.

"We never hear nothing about bad guys or something like that," said neighbor Silvia Rivas. "He is always outside watering the plants. I want to feel safe for my family, so I'm scared."

Neighbors describe the man who lives at that home as a very nice, family man. Overwhelmingly, neighbors believe he may have been targeted because of the home business he runs and perhaps someone who knew about that.

Deputies say the man was unable to provide a description of the assailants or their getaway car. For now, the Harris County's Safe Homes Unit is investigating.

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