Family: Man pistol-whipped, gun held to child’s head in violent home invasion

HOUSTON – A family is shaken after robbers broke into their northwest Houston home, held them at gunpoint and demanded money.

The incident happened just before 1 a.m. Friday at an apartment on Neuens Road at Witte Road, police said.

Surveillance video acquired exclusively by KPRC 2 showed the moment two vehicles pull up and turn off their lights in front of the apartment complex before a group of people gets out of the car and storms the apartment.

Family members said six people were involved in the invasion. Two getaway drivers waiting while the four others forced their way into the family’s home by saying they were police officers, banging on the door, then breaking it down.

Once inside, the robbers pistol-whipped a man and forced him into the apartment next door, where the man’s sister lived, the family said.

“That’s when they shot the gun," said a family member who did not want to be identified. “They put him on the floor. They were asking for money (and) valuables, so they shot the gun.” The bullet grazed the man’s leg.

Then robbers then put the pistol to a child’s head and demanded cash, but when the family didn’t have any, the robbers became violent, family members said.

They were threatening the children that were in there," the family member said. “(They were) threatening their lives.”

Family members said the robbers started stealing whatever they could find but fled as soon as police arrived shortly after. Authorities set up a perimeter in the area to try and catch the robbers but have not been able to locate any of them, police said.

The man was injured in the incident and was seen with a bandage on his head but did not have to be transported to a hospital. No other injuries have been reported.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli has been a digital news editor at KPRC 2 since 2018. She is a published poet and has background in creative writing and journalism. Daniela has covered events like Hurricane Harvey and the Astros World Series win. In her spare time, Daniela is an avid reader and loves to spend time with her two miniature dachshunds.