Homeowner surprises burglary suspects

June 29, 2011 10:07:58 AM PDT
Police are searching for at least three suspects who got quite a surprise when they broke into a home on Westmont Street in east Houston. The homeowner says he was just not going to take it. It was daylight and he says his three vehicles were in the driveway when he heard glass breaking in not just one but two of his front windows, and then saw an arm reaching in to unlock the door. That's when he grabbed his 9mm and cocked his gun.

Homeowner Ray Ridgeway says it happened just after 6am Wednesday, when he heard the glass shatter and the commotion at his front door, so he cocked his gun. Then as one round fell out of the chamber, he says three suspects took off running and jumped into a small pickup truck.

Police recovered that abandoned truck in a ditch several miles away on Maxey Road near Flemming. That led to a search for the three suspects with a police helicopter in the air and patrol cars on the ground.

The homeowner says he and his family feel violated but he's glad he was ready.

"I don't know if it's that they saw me through the broken window or they heard when I cocked my gun," Ridgeway said. "I don't know what it was, but that's when they left."

Ridgeway says the burglars left behind a pair of shorts and a machete the size of a yard stick. Police have taken both. They are still patrolling on the ground, looking for those suspects.


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