Armed home invasion north of Poteet

The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is continuing their investigation into an alleged armed robbery/ home invasion, which occurred on February 29th, just north of Poteet on Highway 16.

An elderly couple was awoken as armed men kicked in their bedroom door shortly before 3:00 a.m. At least two of the armed intruders entered the bedroom wearing masks. The couple was tied up, while the pair, along with two or three additional suspects, ransacked the home looking for cash and valuables. After the suspects found what they were looking for they fled the residence and the couple was able to untie themselves and notify the sheriff’s office.

Sergeant Deputy E. J. Lozano and deputies Jesse Martinez and Bo Patton quickly responded and arrived at the scene in less than two minutes. According to Chief Deputy David Soward, the couple was threatened with their lives several times by the suspects during the ordeal and had guns pointed at them the entire time. Soward stated the suspects knew what they were looking for and did a considerable amount of damage to the home searching for a floor or wall safe that did not exist. Soward stated the suspects made off with an undisclosed large amount of cash, a purse, a shotgun, and a large amount of jewelry.

Chief Deputy Soward stated that CID investigators Jake Guerra, Eliseo Perez, Wayne Stratton, Matt Miller and Max Peralta are following up on promising leads and the Texas Rangers as well as the U.S. Marshal’s Service have provided assistance in the investigation.

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