HPD: Home invasion likely targeted wrong house
Updated 10:14 pm, Friday, February 8, 2013
A northeast Houston couple and a maintenance man were tied up in a home invasion that authorities suspect targeted the wrong house.
A home-repair worker was going into the house in the 7900 block of Ritz, near Eastland, through a side door when three men barged in behind him about 10 a.m. Thursday, said Victor Senties, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department.
The men brandished pistols and demanded drugs from the 33-year-old homeowner.
The homeowner's 36-year-old wife was in another room with children when she heard the commotion. She left the children in the room and went out to see what was wrong.
The attackers tied up the man, his wife and the handyman. As the attackers ransacked much of the house, they continued to demand the location of drugs. When they found no drugs, they left, driving way.
The man untied himself and then freed the others. They told investigators they didn't know anything about drugs.
The couple, their children and the handyman were not hurt.
The attackers may have targeted the wrong house, Senties said.
"At first glance," Senties added, "it looks like they went to the wrong location."