Neighbor shoots intruders who tied up family in NE Houston

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Uncle kills intruder who tied up entire family in NE Houston
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An alleged intruder is dead and a second was injured after a man opened fire on them to protect his relatives in northeast Houston.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Police are looking for suspects involved in a deadly home invasion. One of the alleged intruders is dead and a second was injured after a man opened fire on them to protect his relatives in northeast Houston.

Investigators said four men broke into a home, tied up a family and pistol-whipped them early this morning on Crandon Street.

Ruben Garcia and Rene Garcia are twin brothers who live inside the home with their family. Ruben told Courtney Fischer he was tied up with his own shoelaces early this morning and pistol-whipped his father.

"At like around 4 a.m., I woke up to the screams of my parents," Ruben said.

He said he watched as the intruders held his family at gunpoint, threatening at one point to kill his mom if he did not come out of his room.

"I didn't know what was happening until I saw the man holding a gun to my mom's head," Ruben said.

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He was bound along with his twin brother, mom and 10-year-old sister.

"I hear a lot of screaming and shouting," Ruben said.

Rene said the men stole his mother's jewelry and his father's life savings.

"They were telling us, 'where do you guys have the money? We know you have money' and stuff like that," Rene said.

Ruben said he listened to what the intruders were saying, and then his uncle who lives in the house next door, saved the day.

Ruben claims his uncle burst into the home with a gun and shot at the four guys. One of those suspects was taken to the hospital by ambulance, and another died at the scene. Two others got away.

"If they come back, we are going to be more prepared," Rene said.

There was another man who was injured during the home invasion. He was a contractor who works for the father who just happened to show up for work. He got caught up in the fight, but is expected to be okay.

Investigators recovered a backpack on scene, but it's not clear if the jewelry or money was inside.

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