Houston restaurant owner nearly opens fire on burglary suspects

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by KHOU.com Staff

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Posted on September 13, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 13 at 8:00 AM

HOUSTON – The hunt was on for two burglary suspects early Thursday after a restaurant owner said he nearly opened fire on the men who broke into his business.

Houston police said the men tried to get away with a cash register but left empty-handed.

The break-in happened in the early morning hours at the Papagayos restaurant in the 7800-block of the Eastex Freeway.

The owner of the restaurant, who lives next to the business, was the first one on the scene after the alarm went off. He said he confronted the two suspects and was tempted to shoot them, but he called police instead.

“I was getting ready to act, but I’d rather call the cops,” said owner Chalino Cruz. “… to go get them and shoot them.”

Cruz wasn’t the only witness to the incident. Police said the owner’s sister watched via a remote surveillance camera system and even saw the suspects trying to pick up a cash register.

No injuries were reported, but both men got away.

Police said the suspects were each wearing a hoodie, one with a hat. No further description was available.

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