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HCSO: Alert neighbor helped deputies catch robbery suspects red-handed

by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News

Posted on December 7, 2011 at 9:05 PM

HOUSTON – A Harris County man has an alert neighbor to thank for stopping a trio of robbers from getting away with his stuff.

It happened Tuesday morning on Joe Warren’s quiet cul-de-sac.

Warren said the neighbor called 911 around 10 a.m. that day, reporting a break-in at Warren’s home.

The neighbor told the 911 operator that three men had backed into Warren’s driveway, gotten out and were trying to kick his door in.

According to Harris County investigators, they later identified those men as 17-year-old Kendrick Williams, 19-year-old Desmond Jackson and 21-year-old Dexter Martin.

At first, deputies said Williams and Jackson were having trouble. Then, Martin – who weighs over 300 pounds – took over and busted the door down.

All the while, the neighbor was watching, relaying everything that was happening to the 911 operator.

"He gave us everything – descriptions, plates, everything," Harris County Deputy Gilliland said.

And because of that, investigators were able to get there in under a minute, practically catching the suspects in the act.

They tried to get away with Warren’s TV, some electronics and a gun, but thanks to the neighbor, it didn’t work out as they’d planned.

"I got my stuff back," Warren said.

Authorities said the story serves as a good reminder during the holidays.

"Be vigilant for yourself, and your neighbors," Gilliland said.