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Beaumont home invasion on couple's wedding anniversary
BEAUMONT - by Ashley Gaston
The bottom lock on Tom Winger's back door is broken and Beaumont police are following leads to solve the home invasion.
Winger says he followed his instincts to protect his wife when they returned home from celebrating their wedding anniversary.
Although he was injured, Winger fought back long enough to give his wife time to protect herself.
"I think it was just a lowdown despicable trick," he said.
An attacker forced his way into the couple's home in the 1500 block of Crawford in Beaumont's west end at about 8 p.m. on Sept. 9.
The Wingers were celebrating their 37th wedding anniversary.
"I called him a name and one I better not say on TV and told Julia she needed to get the gun," Tom Winger said.
Winger tried to fight off the attacker.
"We were grappling about here. Then I turned and he pushed me or kicked," Winger said.
Winger fell on his arm and hit his head on the tile floor in the den.
"I was a little bit dazed," he said.
Julia Winger said she shut her bedroom door, locked it, and then called 9-1-1.
"I had a black eye and a bump here," Tom Winger said. He also had to use a sling for two weeks.
The Wingers say they've never had a problem in their west end neighborhood. The couple later warned their neighbors about the home invasion and attack.
"You never know what you would do if you've been in the situation. Now I think I would have killed the guy," Tom Winger said.
The couple spends a lot of time playing music while they think about the home invasion.
"Should've had an alarm system."
Now they have one.
"It'd gone off screaming if he'd open the door."
They believe the new alarm will better protect their family while police search for the man who stole their sense of security on their wedding anniversary.
The attacker got away with $120.
The Wingers describe him as a black man who appeared to be about 35 years old, six feet tall, heavy set, and weighed about 230 pounds.
He had a medium black afro with hair on his chin.
If you have information about the attack, you can contact Beaumont Crime Stoppers at 833-TIPS.
You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.