Police: Sugar Land woman tied up in home invasion

One of the suspects is described as a very pale Hispanic male in his mid 20s, about 5-foot-10. He was wearing a black beanie hat, white t-shirt, blue jeans and a diamond earring in his right ear at the time of the robbery.

February 14, 2012 3:44:11 PM PST
It was a terrifying morning for a Sugar Land woman. Last week she answered a knock on her door and soon found herself in the middle of a home invasion where she was hit and tied up by a group of men demanding money.

Police believe they know why the home in the 13000 block of Brookside near Long Leaf Drive was targeted. Investigators say the woman's husband is a small business owner and the suspects believed he had a lot of cash.

In neighborhood surveillance video, a dark green Nissan sedan is what police believe was the getaway driven by suspects of a home invasion.

"We're looking for three Hispanic men who were involved in the home invasion in the Eldridge Lake subdivision last week," said Doug Adolph with the Sugar Land Police Department.

Investigators say a woman was home alone when one of the suspects rang the door bell. When she opened the door, the three suspects forced their way in and demanded cash. The woman was reportedly tied up and struck in the head with a gun.

"We know that her husband owns a vending machine company, and frequently brings home money, and we believe the house may have been targeted for that reason," said Adolph.

Homeowners in this subdivision take their security seriously. Several years ago, Tom Tran led the way to get those surveillance cameras installed at the at the entrance of their subdivision.

"First, we capture the criminals; second, it's good for reviewing any criminal activity coming in and out. We have license plates recording," said Tran.

Police say the cameras paid off in the images they captured after this home invasion. The larger issue, though, is convincing business owners not to take cash home.

"Use the safe at the bank. That's the safest place. So you don't know where the criminals come from; they can follow you, hide at night, everywhere," Tran said.

Sugar Land police say it's been an ongoing issue, especially in neighborhoods with a large Asian community like this one. A lot of them are small business owners and keep a lot of cash around.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s wearing a dark red hoodie, blue jeans and a white shirt. The second suspect was described as a very pale Hispanic male in his mid 20s, about 5-foot-10 and was wearing a black beanie hat, white t-shirt, blue jeans and a diamond earring in his right ear (see sketch above). The third suspect was wearing blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

The woman's injuries were minor, and police say she refused medical treatment.

Sugar Land police released video of a sedan in the subdivision that they believe the suspects were in. That video can be viewed here.

Anyone with information should call the Sugar Land Police Department at 281-275-2540 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS (8477).


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