Skip to comments.Fake cops break into home with guns (TX)
Posted on 08/19/2012 9:32:29 AM PDT by bgill
Neighbors said a group of about nine men kicked in the door to a home with a shotgun and a handgun.
According to police documents, the men then tied down the people inside the home.
APD arrived on the scene moments later and were able to catch one of the suspects. Several others fled the scene, but left behind a shirt and hat that had the word "POLICE" written on.
Ralph Ellison, a neighbor who saw and heard the entire thing, called police and said he is now taking action to protect himself and his neighbors.
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FWIW, reporter says it happened in East Austin and even shows it on a map... on the west of I35. The bozo can't tell east from west. This guy never gets the reports correct.
How do they know the cops were fake?
It is sad that this question is not unreasonable.
Why didn't they use their feet?
And why did the house have a shotgun and a handgun? Or should the headline have been “Fake cops with a shotgun and a handgun break into a home”?
People, particularly newbies living in Houston, have a difficult time with Highway 59, the Southwest Freeway. It does slice through the city from the southwest to the northeast but parts of it do run east/west, parts true north/south. Some things really are on the east side of the Southwest Freeway as it is headed straight north. Then, of course, some always have trouble describing where something is located on the 610 Loop which in some areas isn’t quite a loop.
It may be I-10 to the newbies in Houston, but it really is the Katy Freeway! Sometimes how you describe where something is depends on how long you have lived there.
Given that a lot of folks must have missed Compass 101 in school, they do seem to have difficulty with their directions!
This sort of thing isn’t new.
Fifteen years ago in Phoenix, five guys claiming to be bounty hunters broke into a home and murdered the two occupants.
Storm a citizen's house, die in a citizen's house.
There are a heck of a lot of unanswered questions in this one.
The relative lack of weapons and the large number of perps makes me think this was less about robbery than it was about revenge. Maybe for rape, real or imagined. Family honor and nonsense like that.
Just a shotgun and a handgun are about control, not a shoot out.
If it was a robbery, the people being robbed would have to have a lot of something that was heavy and hard to move, like gold bars or bales of marijuana. Otherwise, I’d leave half of them on the perimeter as pickets.
But this is Austin, not Houston. I35 is a straight shot down the middle of town. East is east and west is west. Nothing to be confused about. Read the posts laughing about the reporter’s other goofy reporting.
Robbers breaking into homes dressed as police.
The no knock raids have to stop.
My family and I have been law abiding citizens our whole lives and if someone attempts a break in I WILL mount a defense and I don't give a tiny rats azz who it is. With the security doors I have in place, even a 10lb battering ram will take time for someone to gain entry and that is all the time I will need to be ready.
Decent, hard working Americans should not have to worry about cops or people pretending to be cops, breaking into their homes in the middle of the night.....but we do.
This exact thing happened just a few doors down from me. Thugs pretending to be cops broke into a home and beat the crap out of the occupants, threatened with their lives and then robbed them blind!
No knock raids should be illegal, then innocents would not have to fear if the people breaking into their homes are cops before trying to defend themselves.
They didn’t shoot the dog. Dead giveaway.
I think you’re on to something there...
And people thought Hoosiers were crazy with the shooting cops during illegal entry law. It also protects us from these dirtbags that dress up as cops and kick in the door.
That should be the law everywhere.
Good thing the neighbor called the real cops. A lot of people would have just gone inside and ignored the whole business. It’s a shame that we have gotten to the point where we have to call the police just to guard against fake police. Come to think of it, this might have to become standard procedure in the future.
This has been going on long before this story.
Because not all the uniforms match, and the footwear the fake cops use sometimes provides clues they are not real officers. Also the fact not all are armed is also a clue. Finally if they don’t shoot your dog they are not real police. (ok but come on you were thinking it).
You don't want to be in east Austin after dark. If you do have to travel on streets east of IH 35 at night, lock your doors. The saying that nothing good happens after midnight takes on a different meaning in east Austin.
The family dog was not immediately shot to death.
Not to worry - I don’t even like to be anywhere in Austin even at High Noon.
What is it with the east parts of cities? We were in East St. Louis many years ago and even back then it was not good.