Three suspects arrested in violent home invasion

September 30, 2011 8:17:14 PM PDT
Harris County deputy constables say they've arrested three suspects in a violent Friday afternoon home invasion of an 85-year-old woman.

The attack happened around 3:45pm at a home in the 12000 block of Indian Wells. Now, one woman and two men -- all teenagers -- are accused of breaking into the woman's home and assaulting her.

"I didn't break into nobody's house," 19-year-old suspect Edmund Samples said.

The other male suspect, 19-year-old Shawn Gerdman, came out of the Harris County Pct. 4 headquarters with a smile on his face, though he also denied doing it. Deputies say 18-year-old Nicole Johnson was the getaway driver who was waiting for them down the street as the duo allegedly broke into the house.

"The 85-year-old female was in the house, laying on the couch when these two suspects, Samples and Gerdman, went into the house. One of the suspects grabbed the elderly female, threw her to the ground and literally sat on top of her while the other one began to ransack the house," Pct. 4 Chief Mark Herman said.

But investigators say the suspects came face-to-face with the elderly woman's 20-year-old grandson, who said despite the fact they were wearing bandanas covering their faces, he recognized them from Klein Forest High School.

The suspects took off, but after authorities chased them through neighborhoods for an hour and half before finally taking them into custody at gunpoint.

Authorities have filed aggravated robbery with assault to elderly against Samples and Gerdman. So far, authorities have charged Johnson only with drug possession.

Detectives say the suspects could be linked to other burglaries and robberies. They were taken to the Harris County Jail.

None of the suspects have a criminal history.

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