Armed men barge into Ft. Bend Co. home

Fort Bend County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home in New Territory after armed men barged into the family's home.

February 28, 2012 8:21:02 PM PST
A terrifying night for a local family -- they answered the door, only to find guns pointed at them and two men staring them down.

It was around 10pm Monday when that family says the suspects pushed their way into their home in New Territory with guns drawn. But what appeared to be a robbery took a strange twist.

Two guys with guns rang the doorbell, forced their way inside the home and then left without taking anything or hurting anyone. Now authorities are trying to determine if this was a case of the wrong home being targeted.

"It scared me, because normally it doesn't happen in our neighborhood," said neighbor Janet Drones.

When Drones saw flashing lights outside her house, it caught her off guard. Then she heard what happened two houses down.

"You try to watch out and look out, but then you expect it to happen to my elderly neighbors like that, so now I'm scared," Drones said.

Homeowner Arturo Casteneda said, "I heard her screaming so I came out and I saw the situation."

Drone's neighbor, Casteneda, was watching TV around 10pm Monday when there was a knock at his door. His adult daughter answered and suddenly...

He recalled, "I heard her screaming, and someone shouting, 'Gimme the money, gimme the money!'"

Two men shoved their way into Castaneda's living room with guns drawn.

He said, "I shouted at them, "Get out of my house!' I went back, grabbed the phone and dialed 911."

They must have listened, because by the time authorities arrived there was no sign of the gunmen and nothing was stolen.

Neighbor Jackie Betzing was stunned when we told her what happened. She's usually out walking her dog around that time.

"Don't think I'll be walking after dark," she said.

As for Casteneda, life is a little sweeter for the retired grandfather now. If there's one lesson to take away from a gun barrel to the face, it's not to answer the door when a stranger is on the other side.

The first suspect is described as a black male, about 5'8" with a thin build. He was wearing a plaid button down shirt and had a cap on his head.

The second suspect was described as being between 5'8" and 5'10" in height. He was wearing a gray hoodie with the hood pulled over his head, leaving his face exposed.

The victims did not see the suspects' vehicle.

Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers has posted a reward of up to $5,000 for any information leading to the arrest and filing of charges on the suspects responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office at 281-341-4665 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477).

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