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PAPD investigating multiple home invasions
PORT ARTHUR - by Lauren Huet
Port Arthur Police are looking for attackers who broke into three homes and attempted to break into a fourth, all in less than an hour.
The first home invasion was reported at about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 1500 block of 5th Street. About 15 minutes later, a second home invasion was reported in the 2900 block of 19th Street.
"The victim advised officers that two male blacks had kicked in her door while she was asleep in the living room," said Major Raymond Clark with the Port Arthur Police Department. "They brandished a weapon, threatened her with a weapon, and went through the house demanding money."
The woman was unharmed, but the two men took her cell phone, and three pairs of her fiancee's Nike Jordan shoes. Minutes later, police were called back to 5th Street for another home invasion, this time in the 3700 block. In each break-in, the attackers forced their way inside and had guns. Shortly after 2 a.m., police returned to 19th Street to respond to an attempted break-in in the 2200 block.
"The 2200 block of 19th Street heard someone at the back door attempting to get in," said Major Clark.
They didn't get in. Major Clark says the homeowner had burglar bars on the door. Police believe there's a link between the two cases on 19th Street.
"Due to the proximity in the 19th Street area and the time, we think that these two burglaries are related and that these are the same suspects," said Major Clark.
Major Clark says it's unusual to have so many home-invasions in one night, let alone, in less than one hour.
"Home invasions are few and far between. There's not usually an average of one a night, or something like that, you just get a spike like we have now. For whatever reason these guys decided to hit these houses," said Major Clark.
An overnight crime spree the department is working day and night to solve. Major Clark says they're optimistic the information they've received will help them find the home invaders.