HOUSTON – A man came to the rescue when his next-door relatives were tied up and assaulted during a home invasion at a northeast Houston residence overnight.

According to the Houston Police Department, officers responded around 4 a.m. Tuesday to a call of a burglary in progress at a home in the 3700 block of Crandon Street.

“They had my little sister at gunpoint, so we couldn’t do anything,” said 19-year old Rene Garcia.  He and his twin brother tried to lock themselves inside their bedroom when they heard their mom and dad screaming and struggling.  At least one gunman threatened to shoot a family member of Rene and his brother didn’t open their bedroom door, Garcia said. 

Investigators said four male suspects tied up the family inside the home using their shoelaces.  Rene Garcia and his father were pistol-whipped to the point they were rushed to the hospital and given stitches to the backs of their heads.

“They took all our jewelry and all the cash our dad has,” said Garcia.

Garcia’s uncle, who he identified as his father’s brother, heard the commotion coming from the home.  He grabbed a gun and found the gunmen assaulting the family.  The Uncle started shooting, and because the robbers were armed, there was a gunfight outside the family’s home.

Police said the uncle shot and killed one of the suspects and wounded another in the leg.

Two of the suspects remain at large.

“They were all wearing ski masks,” said Houston Police Department Homicide Detective David Stark.  Police haven’t been able to track down a solid description of two suspects, nor do police know if the men got away on foot or in a vehicle.