Home Invasion Thieves Brutalize 7-Year-Old to Get Money from Parents
In a brutal home invasion crime that has shocked local law enforcement officers, three masked suspects broke into a Houston area home on Monday, June 25 and brutalized a 7-year-old boy. While the terrified child screamed, one of the criminals repeatedly dunked his head under water demanding to know where the child’s family kept their cash. Another of the criminals who had pistol-whipped the boy’s father, held both parents at gunpoint during the child’s ordeal.
The child, his 5-year-old sibling and parents were taken to an urgent care center with injuries after the hour-long ordeal ended and the home invaders fled.
Home Invaders First Attacked Child’s Father
Fort Bend County deputies were called to come to the urgent care center around 3 a.m. to see the victims of what was termed “a very violent robbery.” It was then they learned about what had happened to the family. They told media reporters that three masked home invaders busted into the home during the night while the family of four were asleep. The boy was later transferred to a nearby medical center for treatment for fluid in his lungs, reports state. He has since been released.
“What’s really appalling about this,” Sheriff Troy Nehls told local media reporters at a press conference, “is that when the father told them there was no money, they went for the boy.”
The home invaders forced their way into the home through the front door at about 1:30 a.m. First, they attacked the father who is also the homeowner. Then they turned on the boy while his parents screamed.
Home Invasion Suspects May Have Targeted Victims
Police say they have both audio and video footage of the crime in progress. The family’s ordeal lasted about an hour. It ended with the suspects jumping into a waiting car driven by a fourth suspect. They escaped with jewelry, cash and the family’s phones, according to news reports.
Police believe the family was targeted for a home invasion robbery because the father is a small business owner and was thought to keep large sums of cash in the home.
The homeowner’s brother Mohammed Ghiri told media reporters that he became concerned when his brother did not show up for work the next day. Once he found out what had happened he rushed to see the family and was horrified by the bloody gash wound on his brother’s head.
Police Seek Public Help in Finding the Suspects
Police describe the crime as evil and are determined to get those responsible off the streets. They seek the public’s help in finding the criminals who remain at large. Although the three suspects faces were masked, they were wearing distinctive Nike Air Jordan brand athletic shoes, according to the police description. People are asked to call Fort Bend Crime Stoppers Inc. at (281) 342-TIPS (8477). Anyone also can submit a tip online at www.fortbendcrimestoppers.com. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.
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