Teenager and sister taking virtual classes tied up during home invasion, house robbed and destroyed

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HOUSTON, TX – A home invasion reportedly transpired in Houston in early February, where two victims inside of the home were said to have been bound as a trio of suspects ransacked the home searching for valuables.

Officials say that one of the victims is a 16-year-old boy who was attending an online class when he and his sister became the victims of this home invasion.

According to Houston Police, the incident occurred on February 4th at a home located near Interstate 45 and the Beltway.

Reportedly, the 16-year-old male victim was attending one of his online classes when he heard some sort of loud noise downstairs inside of his home.

When the teen went to investigate the source of this noise, he was said to have been confronted by an armed male suspect who was demanding both valuables and money.

The suspect was said to have used zip ties to bind the teen boy’s hands together and then utilized a television electrical cord to tie up the boy’s sister.

The 16-year-old victim stated that he heard the gunmen start speaking Spanish to two other suspects that he could hear – but could not see.

The three suspects were said to have essentially trashed the house in search of whatever valuables they could find, until a neighbor decided to check on the brother and sister.

This neighbor had actually wound up confronting one of the suspects allegedly involved in this home invasion and began to record the individual, repeatedly asking what this individual was doing inside of that house.

Said suspect that was being recorded by the neighbor reportedly continued to walk away from the individual and wound up going into a black Chevy Traverse that swung by to pick the suspect up.

Suspect image from Houston Police
Image of one suspect from Feb. 4 home invasion captured on neighbor’s cell phone video – Houston Police Department

Monica Pinon, the mother of the two teens, recently spoke about the experience her children went through: 

“The kids were in school. We kept them home thinking it would be safer with everything going on. Now, we can’t even do that. My son is coming down the stairs, and [the suspect] just points the gun at him. He’s like, just do what I say and nothing will happen.”

Pinon stated that her children are traumatized after the ordeal, and is also distraught over the damage caused by the three suspects currently at-large: 

“They’re traumatized with everything…[the suspects] tore-up everything. Until we get the house together, I don’t want them back until we feel secure.”

One issue that Pinon is having difficulty addressing is the rhetorical notion of “why us”: 

“I don’t know if we’ll feel like this is our home anymore…We don’t have anything. I don’t know the reason. We didn’t provoke anyone. What was the reason? Why us?”

Officials say detectives were able to retrieve surveillance video that was available nearby , as well as the cell phone video that was captured by the neighbor during the incident – which a link to the video can be seen here on the Houston Police Department’s robberies investigations website.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in helping furnish any information that can assist detectives in this ongoing investigation.

Tipsters with details on the case, or who can help identify the individual featured in the HPD video, are urged to call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-8477.

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In other news regarding home invasions, or attempted ones rather, four suspects said to have attempted to victimize the members of a household in Louisiana in late December of 2020 wound up getting shot by the father inside of the home. 

We at Law Enforcement Today reported on this story recently, where unfortunately a little girl was reportedly injured during the shootout that unfolded.

Here’s that previous report. 

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LACOMBE, LA – A home invasion that occurred in early December resulted in a 4-year-old girl being shot and the four suspects being shot by the girl’s father, two of which died. 

The incident occurred on December 8th at approximately 10:00 a.m., when officials say that four armed intruders forced their way into a home located along Palmer Drive.

While the targeting of the home by the suspects involved is still unclear, the father of the home had gotten into a gun battle with the armed intruders. His 4-year-old daughter was reportedly struck by a bullet in the crossfire. 

During the altercation, reportedly all four of the suspects were shot by the homeowner.

According to officials, two of the suspects, identified as 21-year-old Justin Hill and 25-year-old Renard Causey Jr., died from the sustained gunshot wounds. 

Whereas as the remaining two suspects, identified as 43-year-old Renard Causey Sr. and 22-year-old Jason LeBlanc, were transported to a local hospital and treated for their injuries.

Causey and LeBlanc were eventually released from the hospital and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. 

Both of the two remaining suspects have been charged with first-degree murder, seemingly stemming from the deaths of the other two suspects allegedly involved in the home invasion. 

Additional charges of armed robbery and home invasion are expected to be later applied to Causey and LeBlanc. 

As for the young girl injured during the fray, her family says that she’s expected to fully recover from her sustained injuries. 

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith commented on the response time by first responders in the matter, crediting said fast response in ensuring all suspects involved were tended to properly: 

“While it is always tragic anytime there is a loss of life, I am pleased that due to the rapid response time of our deputies; all parties that were involved in this isolated incident have been accounted for.”

Police have not shared details on exactly how many shots were fired between the two parties. However, the homeowner who defended himself and his family is reportedly not facing any charges at this time.


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