Home Invasions in Midland Prompt Warning From Police

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Midland Police are the hunt for a group of burglars, who are not afraid to just to kick in the front door. Now, officers are sending out the warning after the rash of break-ins. So far, police count at least six cases of break-ins throughout Midland in the last month.

Midland Homeowner Andy Nunez still has good reason to feel surprised and concerned. Around 2 a.m. on January 3rd, three men broke into his house. Nunez said his brother Chris was the only one home late that night, and tried to defend himself against the attackers.

"It was pretty scary," Andy Nunez described his phone conversation with his brother just after the break-in. "It's probably one of the most scary things that I've heard. He just sounded like he was dying, and my brother is never like that."

Nunez rushed home to find blood everywhere and broken glass left after the invaders shattered the front door.

Witnesses said the three men hopped the fence in the back of the Nunez home and took off. Now, police are investigating whether a break-in the 2400 block on West Dengar is connected to five other attempts within the last month.

So far, cases were reported in two homes in the 3000 block of Woodhaven, one on Rosewood Drive, one on Hilltop Drive, and one on Crowley. In all these cases, the front doors were kicked in, but nothing was stolen. Chris Nunez is mostly recovered, but Andy Nunez told NewsWest 9 after coming home this summer from Iraq, this was the last thing he expected.

Meanwhile, Midland police are warning residents to be cautious. They also said Chris Nunez did one thing right when the invaders broke in, he left his cell phone dialing 9-1-1.

"9-1-1 calls are constantly being recorded," Sergeant Brian Rackow, with the Midland Police Department, explained. "Plus, the dispatcher can let the officer responding know there is a disturbance going on. It lets the officer make an appropriate response, and/or speed up and get there sooner."

Police say Chris Nunez is the only person who's been hurt in the break-ins. Police are looking for three white males. Officers have provided a sketch of one of them.  He's said to be in his late 20's, five foot-eight and 165 pounds. He has shoulder length, black hair, in corn rows. He was last seen wearing a red shirt. 
The other two suspects are 6'2", 225 pounds, and 5'10", with medium build. Police are also looking for a 2009 Ford King Ranch edition long bed pick up witnesses said they saw leave the area. If you have any information call Midland Police or Midland Crimestoppers at 694-TIPS.