Frank Bower mugshot 2014, left, and from our 2004 interview, right. (Source: KLTV news staff)
Andres Perez. (Source: Orange Co. Florida jail)
In a recorded interview with investigators, one of the so-called "ninja robbers" who allegedly committed robberies wearing black clothing, shifted some of the blame off of himself and on to another man.
Frank Bower, who was arrested in Florida in May, says his group is responsible for similar robberies in East Texas. We interviewed Bower ten years ago when he began a ministry in East Texas for people getting out of prison, a move that gave him a tie to Rusk County.
Rusk County is also the first location, ten years later, for two home invasion robberies that occurred in April 2014. The method of the two robberies was the same: men dressed in head-to-toe black would target wealthy homeowners, tie them up, and rob them. The homeowners were not harmed.
Bower now has told detectives in Florida he was not involved personally with the home invasions in East Texas.
An Orange County, Florida, detective asked Frank Bower, "Did they say to you, look, we do these robberies, but we don't ever hurt anybody?"
Bowers said yes.
According to evidence the state has against the men who investigators believe targeted and robbed wealthy homeowners in both central and south Florida, Bower called Andres Perez the "leader of the deal" and said that he ran the whole show.
When asked by a detective point blank, "Who planned it, and whose idea was it, and who seemed to be in charge?" Bower replied, "Andres. He's been doing it fifteen years, and nobody's ever caught him. You know, so figure that one out, you know."
Bower told detectives that he was only involved in one home invasion, the one in Windemere, Florida, in April. However, Bower said the other men were responsible for other home invasions, including some in Texas.
When asked if there were three home invasions in Texas, Bower said yes.
"Ok, and you said how many down in South Florida?" a detective asked him.
Bower answered, "Eight or nine."
Bower remains in custody, and the investigation into the case continues. Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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