Police Say Home Invasions On The Rise in Hub City - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/12/08

Police Say Home Invasions On The Rise in Hub City

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Police ask that you be aware of your surroundings when you enter your home and make sure to lock your doors. This warning comes as detectives tell NewsChannel 11 home invasions are on the rise in the Hub City.

Most recently, an elderly man was attacked in his Central Lubbock home around 1:30 Wednesday morning. It left the 74-year-old man bruised and with a concussion. However, police believe this to be a random act of violence, which may have started with a burnt out light bulb.

Kenneth and Doris Forson had finished dinner with their grandson when Kenneth noticed the front garage light was out. "I just thought I'd put that light in and the garage door was up of course," Kenneth said.

As Kenneth worked to fix the light, he went to and from the garage. He says each time he left it open. During that time police believe the suspect entered the Forson's garage. "I came in and turned the lights off and locked the door to the garage," Kenneth said.

Police say the suspect went through the two cars parked inside before he entered the home. "About 1:30 a.m. I heard this bam thank you ma'am over here you know," Kenneth said.  

At first, Kenneth thought it was his wife in the other bedroom. Instead, he says an intruder had entered their home. "He said give me the money, give me the money," Kenneth said. 

Kenneth says the suspect beat him with an umbrella and his own cane. "He was yelling at the top of his lungs and I know somebody had entered our house," Doris added.

The attack left Kenneth with cuts on his head, a severely bruised arm, and even bruised his lung.

Detective Brandon Price investigates such crimes along with robberies and assaults. He says to protect you at home good signage and lighting is important.  Price adds when you pull into your garage make sure you lock the door behind you. "It's possible somebody with another remote can actually open your door, so if that did happen just by accident you don't want this door coming up and this door being unlocked," Price said.

Meanwhile, Forson's suspect is described as male wearing black clothing and a black hat. If you know anything about this crime, you are urged to call Crime Line at 741-1000.

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