A 7-year-old boy, was baptized in a bathtub in a home invasion in Texas on Monday, according to officials.
Authorities released new details after a Texas family was terrorized Monday by three masked burglars who have a child under water in a bath to force the information of his parents as to make them “cool” screams in the background.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that they received a call around 3 o’clock from the home near the intersection of FM 1464 and the Westpark Tollway in the Houston area of Fort Bend County.
The owner told police that three masked black suspects broke through the front door and pistol-whipped him, causing injuries.
One of the suspects can be seen leading the couple’s 7-year-old son and around the house looking for money.
“This is the worst form of crime against a family,” Sheriff Troy Nehls said. “Three thugs force their way into a house in the middle of the night is horrible. To make matters worse, they accosted a 7-year-old child. They are cowards, to say the least.”
Nehls said the father kept telling the intruders there was no money and to make jewelry or a car, but the masked men were not satisfied.
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The Fort Bend Sheriff’s Department has announced that FBC crime stoppers is a reward for information leading to the capture of three masked men who attacked a family in their Texas home.
“That just doesn’t sit well with the defendants in this case,” he said during a press conference Tuesday.
“The 7-year-old is that you have to look at his dad tortured, in principle. If that doesn’t work they tortured the 7-year-old. For me, yesterday I said that is pretty sick. I will that which is evil to do something like that to a child.”
Detective Justin White
The men turned their attention to the pair of the 7-year-old son, who was led around the house, looking for money, according to the sheriff. The police released photos of the three suspects in the house, including the moment one of the men tries to have the boy to find, where a large amount of money is saved.
“We have audio and video out in that house,” Nehls said. “You hear the chilling screams of all the members of the family in that house.”
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One of the masked men later placed the 7-year-old son in a bathtub with hot water in an attempt to obtain information about possessions in the home.
“You can hear when the bath was filled with water,” Nehls said. “Then all of a sudden the cries were muffled because he was just under the water.”
Detective Justin White told reporters the boy was used as a “lever” by the defendants.
“The 7-year-old is that you have to look at his dad tortured, in principle,” he said Tuesday. “If that doesn’t work they tortured the 7-year-old. For me, yesterday I said that is pretty sick. I will that which is evil to do something like that to a child.”
A second suspect in violent burglary can be seen on a security camera.
Nehls said the boy was transferred to the Texas Medical Center and was treated for the fact that some fluid in his lungs. He also said: while the bath water was hot, it was not enough to cause burns to the boy.
MASKED MEN TERRORIZE TEXAS FAMILY DURING THE HOME INVASION, OFFICIALS SAY
The three men left with cash, jewellery and also took the family phones after the hour-long ordeal, police said. The home owner was a small trader and had a large amount of cash in the house, according to Nehls, who do not go into the details.
While the police have not yet identified the victims, Mohamad Ghiri told KPRC on Monday that he thought his brother was just late for work, but eventually the person was able to see the horror of his face and the description of the terrifying incident.
The whole ordeal took about an hour, according to police.
“I saw him all bloody and a cut on his head,” Ghriri told KRPC. “He was shaken up, I tried to calm him down, but he was so concerned about his son.”
Anyone who has information is asked to call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. (281) 342-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.fortbend.crimestoppersweb.com. A $25G reward offered for information leading to an arrest.
“I have never in my career, anyone ever try a boy to try to get information from the father,” the sheriff said Tuesday. “We need to get them of the street.”
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed