Skip to comments.Arlington woman: ‘They blasted through the back door with the shotguns’
Posted on 07/23/2008 12:25:21 PM PDT by Dysart
ARLINGTON -- Two gunmen who forced their way into a southeast Arlington home Tuesday afternoon blasted through the back door with shotguns, tied up a couple and their adult son and took the womans jewelry, a 911 audio recording says.
The female victim, who has asked Tuesday that her name not be used because the suspects are still at large, told the 911 dispatcher that the home invasion about 1 p.m. Tuesday was unreal.
She said she was sitting reading in her home in the 500 block of Lemon Drive, her son was on the computer and her husband was getting ready for work when the suspects fired into her back door.
All the sudden the door blasted out and they were in here, the woman told the dispatcher. It was unreal. And they had shotguns.
There was no indication why the gunman picked the small, brick home in an established neighborhood near Cravens Park, in far southeast Arlington.
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where were the perps from?????
dollars to donuts, from the ghetto...
South Arlington is, indeed, not the bad part of town.
But I hear from people in the area that all of Arlington is not what it used to be. It's going downhill.
Recommend that the homeowner buy a shotgun so he can shoot back.
The makeup of the city has changed significantly since I moved here in 1999. Go figure.
The Chamber Of Commerce is gonna love me...
where were the perps from?????
In the full article it says one guy was white and the other was Hispanic. (I still am confused about how Hispanic got to be a separate race.)
I grew up in Arlington, don’t live there now, but my parents are still there. I remember when they had a big celebration as the population hit 50,000.
I grew up in a small town that is small no more. We used to streeet race on Park Row between Fielder and Collins and no one thought much about it. That was circa 1966.
Not a great part of Arlington. My brother used to live a few blocks from there about 15 years ago. It was going downhill then.
*Sigh* - Don’t people knock anymore?
Very sad. I lived there from 1977-81 on what was then the extreme north side (Washington Drive and Cooper) until graduating from HS. When my parents built the house in 77 that area was THE place to be. I was there two months ago and was shocked to see that our neighborhood was so run down and unkempt.
the perps obviously already know where she lives and most likely her name by now anyway. you think they forgot that they pulled this job and her giving her name would remind them?
Here's what it's turned into.
The comments are hair-raising, especially the one about someone being murdered there.
People who break in like that deserve to die.
dollars to donuts, from the ghetto...
With Section 8 housing vouchers, the ghetto is now everywhere, and not so easily avoided.
I lived there about 20 years ago off Park Row around New York . It's more of an Asian neighborhood now but I don't know if there's a lot of crime or not. We live in Cedar Hill now. Great city!!
Thankfully, the Left knows that any home-defense firearms ought to be locked in a safe, with a padlock looped through the barrel, with the ammunition in a separate location. When the bad guys come in like this, you’re SURE to be able to use your own gun to protect your family! /sarc>
Guns give a citizen a sense of responsibility and independence. These are things the left fears above all others.
Yes, I bet Cedar Hill is still very nice.
Use the information to pick their victims?
***I lived there about 20 years ago off Park Row around New York.***
Around New York?
That's right. Names, Addresses, then Goggle Map to check out the income of the neigborhood and quality of the house and such. They were based out of Dallas but got caught next door in Denton county.
Police: Home invasion gang operated Dallas club, targeted patrons
08:19 AM CDT on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News firstname.lastname@example.org
A violent gang of thugs who operated a swanky North Dallas nightspot frequented by the likes of Britney Spears and the Black Eyed Peas used the club's guest list as a prime hunting ground for home invasion victims.
"The patrons that came in, they would start conversations with them, run their license plates, check them," Dallas police Detective Duane Boy said Monday at a news conference called after the group's criminal exploits were detailed in The Dallas Morning News.
Some moneyed guests ended up targets of the gang's at least 70 North Texas home invasions, police said. Some of those victims were beaten and tortured until they revealed the location of their valuables or cash.
Other victims came to the attention of the group in other ways.
"They had several sources that gave them information," Detective Boy said. "They got sources from the paper. They looked at businesses and picked anybody they thought had a lot of money."
Authorities believe one victim was Darren Reagan, defendant in the FBI Dallas City Hall public corruption investigation. His organization, the Black State Employees Association of Texas, was the subject of headlines and TV news stories in the period that the home invasions were taking place.
Authorities have not revealed the names of any other high-profile victims of the gang, nor are they ready to disclose details of most of the crimes.
The gang operated from 2005 until authorities shut it down last month.
Gang invaded 70 North Texas homes,
police say Club X, an upscale nightspot near the Dallas North Tollway and Belt Line Road, was operated by alleged gang ringleader William Sedric Autrey, 39.
Before the club closed in 2006, Mr. Autrey's three accomplices all worked there, including a second ringleader, Earnest Lynn Ross, 43, and Devin Stephens, 42, and Courtney Farmer, 31.
Mr. Autrey is out on bail. The other men are all in the Denton County jail. Authorities say at least three other members of the group are at large.
Gang is brought down
Mr. Autrey brought the gang down after agreeing to wear a concealed microphone when, in January, he was indicted on mortgage fraud charges and arrested in a burglary case about the same time. Police closed in on the other group members last month in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Dallas as they prepared to hit a Denton County home while posing as police officers.
Police also link the group to 10 burglaries. At least nine of the robberies were in Dallas. In one case, robbers tortured an old man with pliers while trying to get him to reveal the location of his cash.
"I guess they thought I was a good target. They were mistaken," said lawyer William McGarvey, who was 81 when he was robbed in August 2006. Police say members of the gang wrongly believed he was holding $2 million cash for one of his clients.
The gang used needle-nosed pliers to pinch his right ear to force him to talk. In that case, they only got about $50 that was on his money clip. But the robbers walked away with about $38,000 from the home of one of Mr. McGarvey's friends.
Police say the robbers may have targeted Mr. Reagan's home in DeSoto the morning of June 26, 2005, because they read news reports about him being under investigation by the FBI in connection with a bribery scandal and thought he had money.
About 11 that morning, three men driving a white, late-model Crown Victoria walked into Mr. Reagan's home wearing shirts and hats that read "police" and told him they were deputies. They handcuffed him, his 14-year-old son and a brother while they made off with $3,000 worth of goods including a 9 mm handgun and the contents of two safes.
Days earlier, local media reported that Mr. Reagan's Black State Employees Association of Texas had been raided by the FBI in connection with the City Hall corruption inquiry.
Mr. Reagan is now in federal prison awaiting sentencing on a theft conviction while he prepares for trial in a larger City Hall bribery case in January. He was ecstatic when he learned his robbery was solved, DeSoto Detective Joe Watson said. "There was a lot of legwork that went into this case."
After identifying their victims in various ways, the group would study their prey in great detail, using Internet mapping tools, police said.
"These suspects would generally find people with large amounts of cash by various means," Detective Boy said. "They would then Google the location, they would go to the location, take photos, check the streets, plan their approach, plan their escape, they would [conduct surveillance on] the location for a period of time."
'A general thug'
High-profile targets were nothing new for the group. Authorities say Mr. Ross was heard on a wiretap threatening the life of Denton County Sheriff Benny Parkey. The sheriff had arrested Mr. Ross several times while working as a Denton police detective before being elected in 2004.
"He's just a general thug," the sheriff said Monday about Mr. Ross. "He does have a reputation as being violent."
When asked what Mr. Ross was doing out on the streets, the sheriff smiled and said, "That's a good question. Call your congressman."
Mr. Ross has a lengthy criminal history. In the early 1980s, he went to prison after being accused of breaking into a home and raping a 14-year-old girl in Denton County. <
In 1984, Mr. Ross attacked another inmate with a sharpened piece of metal that he had hidden in his boot while at the Eastham Unit in East Texas. The man died, but Mr. Ross was never convicted in that case.
After being paroled in 1991, he was linked to the murder of Bobby Turner, a 19-year-old gang member, at a Denton trailer park.
He got a life sentence, but an appeals court tossed out his capital murder conviction and he pleaded to a reduced charge of aggravated assault when he was about to be retried in 2001.
He was released the same year.
According to a taped statement Mr. Autrey gave police, Mr. Ross also admitted shooting at a Duncanville police officer in April 2006.
Staff writer Tanya Eiserer contributed to this report.
You can say that again.. The perps: a family affair!
He’s dead,She’s wondering.
My husband also grew up in Arlington. We don’t live there, but his parents still do.