Woman files lawsuit, claims HPD officers illegally searched her home

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A Highlands woman has filed a lawsuit against the city of Houston and its police department claiming officers illegally searched her home.

Robin Custer said the incident occurred March 5, 2015. She says her surveillance cameras caught an HPD patrol car pull up to her home and two men get out, one in uniform, the other in a tactical-style vest.

In the neighbor's camera, the men appear to systematically yank the cords from Custer's cameras before they force their way inside through her front door.

Custer said they never had a warrant.

"I at least want an explanation. Like why did you enter my home?" said Custer.

She filed a civil suit against the city and police department claiming official oppression and abuse of official capacity.

What's even more mysterious about the incident? Custer said her home is not in Houston city limits, but in the city of Highlands.

She asked why HPD was there serving the warrant.

"It's extremely frightening. They came out of their jurisdiction and just entered my home," she said.

Custer's son was arrested in the last few months on an allegation of burglary, but the attorney for her family says that doesn't have anything to do with what Houston police appeared to do at the home in 2015.

Neither the Houston Police Department nor the City of Houston were willing to comment. Both declined comment citing the pending litigation.
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