Surveillance video captures entire home invasion - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/21/10

Overnight home invasion completely captured by victim's surveillance camera

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock Police are searching for two suspects they say broke into a house overnight at gun point and demanded money. It all happened in the 1700 block of 48th Street, but officials don't believe this was their first time. Police are looking into any and all links connecting this crime to others and continue to search for suspects. The entire crime was caught on the victim's surveillance camera.

Martha Gonzales had just rocked her 6-month-old son back to sleep. "It was about 1:30 a.m. in the morning," she said, "I felt like I'd been asleep 10 or 15 minutes and I heard what sounded to me like dishes breaking." It was the sound of the lock on her back door breaking as two men kicked their way into her house.

"There was a big guy holding a gun to my head demanding money and drugs," Gonzales said. She remained calm because she knew something that her intruders did not. Four months ago her family installed a $1200 security system with eight cameras. "We paid a pretty penny to buy surveillance, but it was well worth it," she said.

There are seven cameras outside, but it was the little camera on the top of her television that captured the crime. The suspects walked in and grabbed her laptop. The video shows one suspect walking straight into her bedroom with his gun drawn.

"Are they going to kill us? We don't have money. We don't have drugs," recalls Gonzales about what was going through her mind. She woke up her boyfriend, but both were forced to stay in the room. Later, one suspect asks her for the SUV keys and demands she finds them. "I just played it cool and listened to him. I help it together and didn't show I was going to cry," she said.

One suspect walked straight toward the TV where the little camera was mounted and turned it on its side, but that changed very little other then the view. At night, Gonzales turns the monitor off because the light bothers her baby. The system continues to record even though the monitor is off and that's why she believes the suspects had no idea they were being watched.

"Detectives I spoke with said there was another home invasion earlier in the week," said Gonzales. The two men took cash, a computer and the SUV keys but did not steal the vehicle. "I pray someone has the willingness to call and give the tip that's going to put these guys away," said Gonzales.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male between 18 and 25 years old. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt. The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male between 20 and 25 years old. Police say he has short hair and a stocky build. They believe he has a teardrop tattoo by his right eye and two teardrops by his left eye.

If you recognize these two men you are urged to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000, you can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.    

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