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TYLER (KYTX) - Tyler Police are searching for the men they believe are responsible for three separate aggravated robberies that happened late Sunday night across the city.  

Investigators have not arrested any of the three suspects but say they do believe the same three men are responsible for all the robberies.  

It all started on Mustang Trail in Tyler around 9:40 Sunday night, when two black men zipped up in hoodies approached a man outside talking to his neighbor.

The man's wife spoke to CBS 19 off camera today, not wanting her identity revealed, and tells us one man hit her husband over the head with a gun.  She says her husband fell to the grass with a knot and cut on his head, so the robbers stole the neighbor's phone and ran.  

She says they threatened to kill her family if her husband called the police, but once the couple and their young kids were locked in the house, they dialed 9-1-1 immediately.  

As police were taking that call, they got another call about another aggravated robbery that happened at the Royal Crest apartment complex on Sybil Lane. 

Tyler Police say similarly described suspects stole a debit card from a woman and held her at gunpoint as she was getting her infant out of her car. Then they ran off.

Police believe the same men headed to Jackson street across town next, and knocked on Ashia Caine's door.

"I thought it was some friends of my nephews," she said. So she opened the door. 

She quickly realized she didn't know the hooded men.  

"I got ready to close the door and the guy just barged in with the gun so I just backed up and sat down right here and he was just like, 'Where the money at where the money at?' and he pointed it at [my daughter] and he pointed it at me twice," Caine says. 

Caine is 8 months pregnant and her little girl is only one. Both had a gun pointed at their head for about two minutes. 

" All I was worried about was my babies. Is this gun going to go off or what?" Caine remembers. 

Eventually the men stole several cell phones and took off.  Caine, who is thankful to be alive, has one hope in mind.

"That they catch them so no one else will have to experience this with their child," she says. 

She says that's the last time she'll ever answer the door late at night.  

Caine says two of the hooded men came inside her house and a third stayed outside standing guard. Detectives believe the third man may have driven the get away car in the first two robberies.  


The suspects are described to be in their teens or early 20s. Two are tall and thin and the third is tall and stalky.  One was wearing a black hoodie, and the other a yellow and purple hoodie, possibly an LSU jacket. We're not sure what the third was wearing.  

There is a $1,000 reward for anyone who turns in information that leads to the arrest of these suspects so if you know anything, call Tyler Police at (903) 531-1090, or Smith County Crimestoppers at (903) 597-2833

Police say not to answer the door late at night, unless you know who it is.  They say to always be aware of your surroundings and if you notice someone questionable is approaching you, leave the area, or make noise, drawing attention to yourself. For example, if you're near your car, get inside and honk the horn.  


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