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Mission Families Move after Home Invasions, Suspects at Large

3 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, December 13 2016 Dec 13, 2016 December 13, 2016 6:46 PM December 13, 2016 in News

MISSION – Police are continuing their investigation after a string of home invasions in one Mission neighborhood. Many residents in the area are worried about their safety.

One family decided their safety was more important than a home. A brother packed up his sisters’ belongings into a U-Haul.

The two women lost their sense of security, after their home was invaded by masked gunmen on Monday morning.

“I asked my sister and she basically (said) four guys broke in between 4 and 6, guys with their face covered and told them to lay on the ground with a weapon,” he said.

The man did not want to be identified, in fear for his safety. He shared what his sisters’ experienced.

“They said they looked through the house, while one of them was holding them to the ground. And they just took off and this was at about 8:30,” he said. “They just told them to stay on the ground and don’t look at our faces or we’ll blow your brains out.”

On Saturday, two days before the incident, Mission police said three or four armed men broke into a home and demanded money near the 2000 block of 21st Street.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke to the victims from that home intrusion. The family said they did not feel safe enough to continue living there, so they decided to move.

Other neighbors in the area said they are going to increase security on their homes.

“We did have three reported home invasions. They’re under investigations right now. We have limited information available to us. Because we have limited suspect information, we can’t tell if one another is related, but since then, we haven’t had any others,” Mission Police Lt. Jody Tittle said.

Tittle said they are asking for help from the community.

“Now, if the public has any idea, knows any information about it, we would be more than glad to take their call. They can call Crime Stoppers at 584-5000, get a cash reward, just in time for Christmas, for any information about the individuals that committed these acts,” he said.

After the incident, the man said he plans to increase security in his home to protect his family.

“Tell my sisters safety first, all the time. I’m a truck driver, so I’m always out on the road, be aware of my surroundings, stuff like that, especially now that the holidays are coming around,” he said.

There are ways for people to keep their homes and their neighborhoods safeguarded.

Tittle advises people to get to know their neighbors. If they are not home, they may be able to recognize a suspicious person at the home.

He also said people should always report suspicious activity. He added security systems are a great addition. It’s important to make sure the homeowner understands how to operate the system.

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