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HOUSTON - A man who allegedly tried to steal a bike outside a north Houston apartment later returned and assaulted a father and his two sons, witnesses told police.

It was around 3 a.m. Monday when the dad heard a noise outside his apartment on W. Parker Road just west of Interstate 45.

The man told the Houston Police Department he opened his front door and saw someone trying to steal a bike. The suspect apparently saw the dad looking at him, and he ran away.

The man returned a short time later with four or five buddies, and they forced their way into the dad s home. The father s two young sons, ages 12 and 16, jumped in to try and help fight off the attackers.

Witnesses said the ensuing fight spilled outside, and neighbors joined in to help. One of them used a dumbbell on the suspects, who eventually fled to a nearby hospital.

The father and sons were sent to the hospital and were expected to recover from their injuries.

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