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Teenager survives violent home invasion robbery in NE Houston

HOUSTON – Police are investigating a home invasion robbery in the 7000 block of Lebate Street on the city’s northeast side. It happened Tuesday morning a few minutes after the homeowners went to work; their 17-year-old daughter was still asleep inside.

“He was surprised,” said the 17-year-old, who asked not to be identified. “I guess he thought no one was home.”

The robbers kicked in a back window to get inside the home and they started stealing. A jewelry box from the bedroom and a TV from the living room are among some of the items that were taken.

The 17-year-old heard the glass shatter and opened her bedroom door to see what was going on. One of the robbers spotted her and came after the teen, attacking her in the bedroom.

“He came at me with a flashlight,” the victim told KPRC.

The 17-year-old needed seven staples in her head to close up the gash.

“There was blood all over her,” said the victim’s mom. “He broke her head open. This is my daughter. You don’t want nothing to happen to your kids like that, nothing.”

Her mom said she’s glad the injury wasn’t worse and she’s proud of her daughter’s quick thinking -- it may have saved her life.

The robbers tried to steal the teen’s cellphone, but she knew she needed it to call 911 and had to think fast.  

“I lied,” she said. “I told them I lost it and I hid it under my dresser until he left.”

The police did come to the home and were able to get some fingerprints.

The suspects are described as black males in their 30s or 40s.

They may have been in a mid-90s, red Dodge 1500 pickup truck. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS or the Houston Police.