Carjackers in 'Scream' masks slam into north Harris County home
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A family was awakened Thursday night after two chase suspects crashed into their house in north Harris County, authorities said.
The chase started at around 10 p.m. when a Precinct 4 deputy spotted a car that matched the description of a vehicle involved in an armed robbery of an O'Reily Auto Parts store on Aldine Westfield in Humble, deputies said.
The teens were described to be wearing mask's during the armed robbery at the O'Reily Auto parts store before stealing money, jumping in their car and taking off, according to deputies. The masks were like the one worn by the killer in the movie "Scream."
When deputies tried to stop the car, the driver sped off. The driver led deputies on a high-speed chase to the 3300 block of Maris Way, where the driver lost control and drove through a brick fence in a subdivision, then crashed into the living room of a house, according to deputies.
The car caught fire after going through the house.
Two teenagers jumped out of the car and tried to hide inside the home, where a family of four was sleeping upstairs, officials said.
No one was hurt.
The homeowner said smoke alarms woke up her family, and they thought it was a house fire.
"I was walking down the stairs trying to open the door and they (the police) were like, 'Get back, get back,'" the homeowner said. "When they bust through the window, they had guns to my son's head, pushed my daughter down on the stairs and pushed my husband down and put him in handcuffs."
She said officers told her there were more people in the house, and that's how they learned a car ran into their home and the teens were hiding upstairs.
Deputies arrested the boys, who suffered minor injuries in the crash and were taken to a hospital.
Investigators said the pair was involved in a carjacking in Humble a couple of hours before and was wanted in connection with several other recent robberies.
The teens face multiple charges, including aggravated robbery and felony evading.