HOUSTON- The father and son terrorized by armed men who invaded their home were speaking out Friday afternoon.
James Rooney Jr. and his son, James Rooney III, are still shaken by what happened to them on Thursday night in the 100 block of Glenwood Drive, near Memorial Drive.
They took my son captive, kidnapped him inside that house, said the elder James Rooney.
His 17-year-old son was caught off guard when he got home, walked inside and three masked men barged in behind him.
I was just shocked so bad, said the son. I couldn t even think.
The men were waving guns and demanding that the 17-year-old open the safe. He told them he didn t have the combination, and the men decided to wait for his father to get home.
That wait lasted an hour.
When I walked through the door, one had a gun pointed at me the other had a gun to my son s head, said James Rooney Jr.
He believes that at least one of the men knew the layout of the house and questioned if it could be a service worker or a former employee.
Rooney owns a chemical service company in Channelview.
He said his son was forced to tie him up with cable cords as the suspects stole jewelry, guns and electronics from around the house.
The elder Rooney said he was surprised by how much the suspects were talking.
He started talking with me, well you make lots of money. Don t worry, you ll make this money back in a couple of days, he recalled.
James Rooney Jr. was also a little offended when the masked men mentioned family values.
[They said] you shouldn t leave your 17-year-old in the house alone, Rooney recalled. OK whatever guy. I m not gonna take parenting advice from a thug.
Before the men left, they decided to snatch the teenager s car. It s a white, limited-edition Ford Foose Mustang with black stripes.
As the men walked out the door, the family s surveillance cameras were rolling. That video was given to police to help in the case.
If you have any information that might help, call Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.