5 charged with robbing, beating and shooting men on Christmas Eve

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robHOUSTON, TX – Christmas Eve, a time when boys and girls hang their stockings, and wait for the surprises they can unwrap.

But two guys in a northwest Houston body shop spent last Christmas Eve tied up, and not in some kinky bondage way.

Police say they are lucky to be alive after five hombres robbed them, beat them, tied them up, doused them with gasoline, and shot them.

But what makes this story even weirder is that cops say one of the guys was a former federal Customs and Border Protection agent and another was the nephew of boxer George Foreman.

The victims said they were supposed to meet with some guy about an auto job when five men showed up instead.

They say the men beat them, tied them up, and ripped them off for $400 in cash and a suitcase.

And that`s when they say things really got out of hand as their attackers burned them with an iron, then doused them with gasoline and threatened to torch them.

Then cops say 47-year-old Nathan Ray Foreman told two of the men to place the victims in van, and then drove off with them.

They told cops they later jumped out of the van, and that’s when someone shot them.

Jason Paul Washington, who resigned from Customs and Border Protection, claims he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, that he was just there to check on his car that was in the shop.

Darren Lagrant Franklin, Jason Cunningham, and Ricky Earl Bernard are the other three men charged.

Prosecutors aren’t saying why all this happened, but it’s a good bet these guys weren’t looking to score a foreman grill.

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