Search underway for home invasion suspects in NW Harris Co.


Those suspects broke into a home off Avery Vale and Sterling Cup around 2am, according to investigators. At one point, the victim says the thieves put a gun to his head.

Neftali Moreira talked to Eyewitness News about the frightening moments as he walked in to see the suspects in his home.

"I grabbed something to defend myself when I noticed more people and then I saw that everybody had a gun. My daughter, my wife, my father-in-law (were there). Everybody had a gun in their hands," Moreira said. "So when the guy walked in he didn't notice me behind the door and when he walked in, apparently he saw me. I was behind him and he turned around and put a gun to my head. He threw me on the floor, and he said if I moved, he would kill me right on the spot."

Just after 2am, investigators say five men rushed into this northwest harris county home, demanding money. For 15 minutes, the men allegedly ran in and out of the home, carrying out cash, laptops, even an electric guitar.

They even left once and came back.

"They left and when they saw that everything was peaceful, they decided to run back inside and do the exact same thing again -- put guns to our heads, twice," Moreira said.

The second time, neighbor Tanja Rouse saw them and called 911.

"It was like watching something out of a sci-fi movie or something, people just running toward the car," she said.

When deputies arrived, the men drove off. After a short chase, they crashed and ran away.

Inside the truck they ditched, you can see a shotgun in the front seat and the stolen items in the back.

Investigators put the neighborhood on lockdown as they searched for the suspects, but Rouse says three of them were hiding in her yard.

"They ran through our yard, hopped our fence -- entire backyard," she said.

Of the five suspects, investigators have only arrested one, an 18-year-old man.

No one at the home was hurt, but the search for the remaining suspects is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at (713) 222-TIPS (8477).

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to the 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of the suspect in this case. Tips can also be sent by text message. Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.

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