Elderly Couple Victims Of Home Invasion

It began with a knock at the door and it was not long until the homeowners inside realized they were being robbed. Just after 10:00 Tuesday night, two robbers targeted a home on E. Houston Street in the East Tyler Heights subdivision. That neighborhood is just south of Highway 31. When the couple opened the door, the two robbers forced themselves inside using flashlights.  Police say the robbers threatened to injure the elderly couple with the flashlights and got away with some cash. Understandably, the couple is still shaken declining to speak publicly about the incident. Others living nearby say they never thought something like this would hit so close to home. "I haven't seen very much crime in this area. The police patrol here quite a bit and they have neighborhood watches and meetings and I've gone to several of them," says Louie Jerger who lives nearby. Next door neighbor Oliver Flores adds, "The policeman came over to my brother and told them it was a robber and we were like how? The last time there was a robbery [in this neighborhood] was about two or three years ago."

The two robbers are described as black males, 5'9" to 5'11", with a slender build. They were wearing masks, jumpsuit style clothes with short sleeves, royal blue to navy in color. Police say they are following some leads. If you have any information call Tyler police.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com