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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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    rhood

    about 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Glad that the family was not hurt.

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    Tbones2469

    about 3 years ago

    168 Comments

    Perfect example of why we catch them.......

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    Jonas

    about 3 years ago

    41204 Comments

    bump BForJuvCor.....

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    woofaz

    about 3 years ago

    108 Comments

    sounds like a drug deal gone bad? Who would sell a car and not collect then and there?

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    Bnshape

    about 3 years ago

    662 Comments

    250,000,000 sperm and SHE was the fastest one.

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    95Zcar

    about 3 years ago

    3992 Comments

    Insane rocket scientist... sorry, didn't mean to offend the insane or the rocket scientists who read this board.

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 3 years ago

    19386 Comments

    Dumb enough to sell a car and not collect the money upfront??? A real piece of work from Beautiful Tyler, Texas. Nicknamed The Rose Capitol of America.

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    Irishcop1961

    about 3 years ago

    46104 Comments

    Nut job.

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    JIMROC

    about 3 years ago

    8500 Comments

    Sounds like a nut case.

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    BForJuvCor

    about 3 years ago

    846 Comments

    Put an innocent family in jeopardy, bound and gagged three young kids and their mother this POS needs to go away for a long time. There are proper ways to go about collecting a debt and that would be court not tying up a family and threatening them.

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