HOUSTON — A homeowner and his family had a rattling experience when a fake deliveryman and three masked men invaded their home just two days before Thanksgiving, the Houston Police Department said.
Investigators said a man dressed in a UPS jacket and carrying a large box pressed the doorbell one night at a home in southwest Houston, near San Felipe Road and Yorktown streets. Officers said the impostor asked the homeowner for his signature. When the resident opened the door, police said the man and three masked men — including one brandishing a silver gun — stormed the house.
A surveillance camera facing the home's doorstep caught most of the attack.
Police said the homeowner was smacked with a pistol as they invaded. A shot was allegedly fired during the struggle, but no one was hit.
Two women inside the home managed to save two small children, grabbing the kids and locking themselves in closets, officers said.
The group got away with several pieces of jewelry and collectible firearms, police said. Investigators believe the group escaped in two possible vehicles: a dark-colored, four-door sedan or a white four-door sedan.
Police said the women and children were not harmed, but the homeowner was taken to Memorial Hermann hospital with severe neck and head injuries.
The department believes all four men are in their early 20s.
Anyone with information related to the home invasion is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-8744 (TIPS). The agency is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest or charge.