Homeowner runs after suspects during home invasion

By Andy Cerota - Anchor/Reporter, Courtney Gilmore - Anchor/Reporter, Cody Schultz - News Producer

HOUSTON - Police arrested two men and a juvenile for breaking into a house in west Houston after the homeowner chased them down.

According to Houston police, the men forced their way into the home on Springwell Drive and Timberoak Drive just before 4am. Tuesday. The 53-year-old man and his wife were home asleep when they heard a dog barking. The husband went to investigate and saw a man with a flashlight inside the house. Police say an armed man with a large knife was rummaging through a desk.

The homeowner grabbed his gun and confronted the would-be thief. He led the armed intruder upstairs at gunpoint and called police.

Two other would-be thieves got away on bicycles, but police said the suspects did not get very far. They were soon caught and one of them was armed with a BB gun.

Police say they drove into the neighborhood in a white Ford pickup truck that was stolen in a burglary last week. Investigators found stolen power tools, a golf bag and jewelry in the back.

Houston police tell Local 2 that 17-year-old Reyes Jaimes, the man confronted by the homeowner, is facing a charge of burglary of a habitation.

His alleged accomplice, 17-year-old Manuel Hernandez, is a facing a charge of burglary of a building. The juvenile also taken into custody is facing a charge of burglary of a building.

Investigators are checking to see if the trio is connected to other unsolved burglaries.

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