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Police: Woman Targets Wrong House, Binds Family

Associated Press

April 08, 2011

TYLER, Texas — An armed East Texas woman disguised as a man broke into the wrong house trying to collect a debt and bound and gagged a mother and her three daughters while they were getting ready for school before the family escaped through a window and ran for help Thursday, police said.

Tyler police surrounded the house thinking there was a male suspect with a knife inside, only to enter the home and find a woman with plastic over her hair, wearing a ball cap, glasses and a fake moustache, said Officer Don Martin.

Officers were “surprised that it turns out to be a female disguised as a male,” Martin said.

The woman had a knife and a fake handgun in her waistband, plus a backpack with duct tape, a stun gun and another knife, police said.

The homeowner told police that she ran next door with her 8-year-old and 6-year-old twins next after escaping. One girl suffered a scratch to her back, Martin said. The family’s names and further details on the injury were not immediately released.

The woman’s husband was at work, Martin said.

Martin said Maricela Aguilera Rodriguez, 51, of Tyler, claimed she targeted the wrong house to collect a $15,000 debt for a car that was sold. The suspect and the woman do not know each other, Martin said.

Tyler police were trying to locate the intended target, Martin said.

Rodriguez faces a charge of residential burglary with intent to commit a felony. She did not yet have an attorney, Martin said.

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