Home Invasion Robbery Near Country Club - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/28/08

Home Invasion Robbery Near Country Club

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NewsChannel 11 is following new details in a story we broke Monday morning on Daybreak Today. The victim of an early morning robbery near the Lubbock Country Club tells us the two men who robbed him got away with thousands of dollars.

The Rios home in the 900 block of Bradley Street was quiet Monday afternoon, but early that morning, that wasn't the case.

Monday, at around 2:30 a.m., Victor Rios came home from the Sportsman's Club bar where he works. He says he parked his car in the drive way and started walking towards his house, just like any other night, but this night was different.

When Rios got out of his car Rios was approached by two men with their faces covered with bandanas. "They rushed him.  They threw him to the floor and then they opened the door. They took his briefcase with all the sales of the week," said Ana Leonardo, the victim's sister in law.

All together they stole his keys, wallet, and a briefcase with about $7,000 in it.

Rios sustained minor injuries, but for his sister-in-law Ana Leonardo, who he lives with, the psychological effects are worse. "When I go home I'm gonna feel weird because I'll be thinking that someone be waiting for me to do something to me," said Leonardo.

And she isn't the only one shaken up by the armed robbery. Brandy Wilson lives down the street. She moved there with her husband and two young children about two years ago because she thought it was a quiet and safe neighborhood. "It makes me worried," said Wilson.

Law enforcement doesn't think the residents of Bradley Street have anything to worry about. "As far as the street goes, it's way too random for them to be concerned about their street in particular," said Captain Greg Stevens, Lubbock Police Department.

For now, Rios is just trying to get things back to normal, and working at his bar trying to make up for what he's lost.

Police said at this time they can't officially connect this robbery to other recent home invasions or carjackings, but they don't want to rule out the possibility that the same two men have committed other recent crimes in Lubbock.

The suspects were wearing black t-shirts and blue bandanas and were last seen running towards I-27. If you know anything about this robbery, please call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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