Eldery Texas City couple recalls home invasion, shootout with suspects

An elderly Texas City homeowner went on the offense to track down the suspects who robbed him and his wife at gunpoint
January 10, 2014 8:34:03 PM PST
An elderly Texas City homeowner went on the offense to track down the suspects who robbed him and his wife at gunpoint, and now he's sharing his story with Eyewitness News.

It's the second time in three years that the couple has been robbed inside their home and they're sick of it. It may be why they decided this time they'd put up a fight.

They may be elderly, but Jan and Harold Fletcher don't cower.

"I just shoved him out of the way," Jan said.

They asked us not to show their faces, though they freely talked about the home invasion robbery that left their home a mess and a holster empty.

Harold, 89, was sitting in his home office last week when he says he saw the three men.

"Like the three bears, a big one, a middle one and the baby bear," Jan said.

They were coming up the back driveway.

"Come around the corner real fast and stuck the gun to my neck and said, 'In the house, in the house!'" Harold said.

Harold complied. His wife, not so much.

"I said, 'Don't you dare get in there!'" Jan said.

The robber was interested in her closet full of cookbooks. He backed away.

The men did ransack the house and eventually took off with cash, jewelry, a cell phone and a gun.

But Harold didn't wait for Texas City police. Instead, he jumped in his SUV and sped off.

"I just didn't want them to get away," he said.

And somehow, he found them. At the end of a dead end street, they exchanged gunfire.

"I just pulled it up and started shooting, and he did too," Harold said.

No one was hurt, and the suspects were eventually arrested. The Fletchers don't necessarily recommend doing what they did, but they don't regret it.

Jan just regrets not being able to get to a gun.

"It's not going to stop until someone stops it and they're going to have to be shot," she said.

Two of the suspects remain in jail. The third is out on bond.

The Fletchers plan to buy more guns to replace those taken by police for their investigation.

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