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Tyler police arrest woman posing as man in home invasion

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Tyler woman is jailed after reportedly breaking into a family's home, disguised as a man. Police say the suspect was there to collect a large debt, but went to the wrong house.

A mother and her three young daughters were at the home in the 200 block of Fairmont St.

Authorities say the woman was able to sneak into the home.

"I was thinking I was not going to have sisters because she's going to hurt them," says victim Pamela Banda.

Police say Maricela Rodriquez, who was disguised as a man, terrorized Pamela's family Thursday morning.

"He was wearing a black hat, a jacket, and he had a bag," she says.

Tyler Police spokesperson Don Martin says, "We located a bag later, a backpack a little bit later in the investigation that had duct tape, a taser, another knife, and assorted items." (In a press release, Tyler Police added that Rodriquez also had nunchaku in her bag.)

Pamela says her six-year-old sister was looking for her shoes outside, when the intruder took her hand, guided her through the back door, and then confronted the girls' mother. Then, they were all forced into the bathroom.

"Then he put us, like a blindfold on us, and then he put duct tape on my sister's mouth," recalls Pamela.

The girls' father, Antonio Banda, was at work during the invasion.

"She tied up my kids and wife with some duct tape. She used some duct tape and then she started looking all over for the place for money," says Antonio.

Then, he says, his wife started to plan how they would escape.

"We were scared to close the door, but my mom closed the door," Pamela remembers.

 After she locked the door, Pamela says her mother rushed to open the window.

They managed to get away with only a scratch on one of her daughter's back.

An escape from what this family calls their worst nightmare.

Rodriquez is being held in the Smith County Jail on an immigration hold.

Authorities say she was deported to Mexico once already back in 2008.  

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