Angelina County Sheriff's investigators believe home invasion was 'targeted incident'

Angelina County Sheriff's investigators believe home invasion was 'targeted incident'

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Investigators with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office believe Wednesday that the home invasion robbery that occurred on Thigpen Road on Oct. 23 was a “targeted incident.”

"These types of crimes are normally targeted crimes," said Lt. Pete Maskunas of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office. "Meaning somebody has looked at the location they are going to hit, made a plan and hit that location specifically."

“People in the area do not need to be scared right now,” Maskunas said. “This is not like last year, where we had criminals coming up from Houston and hitting random houses in the area.”

Maskunas said, at this time, ACSO investigators don't know if the house was cased, or the suspects knew the victims. He said investigators still believe the crime was committed by three to four black men who fled in 1990s SUV, possibly a Jeep Cherokee.

The home invasion occurred at a residence in the 1500 block of Thigpen Road. At least three masked men broke into the home, tied a woman up, and demanded that her husband open their safe. They allegedly stole money and jewelry.

According to a previous East Texas News story, the home owner told authorities that he fired a gun at the suspects, and they fired back at him.

On the day after the home invasion robbery, authorities located three guns that they believe are connected to the home invasion. The items were found about 100 yards from the residence.

Anyone with information on the case should call the sheriff's office at (936) 634-3332.

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