Home Invasion Where Man Claims To Be Police

A Tyler family is awoken by who they at first thought was the police only to find out it was not.  It happened in the 1000 Block of East Line Street in Tyler. The suspect is now behind bars.

Today KLTV 7's Danielle Capper spoke to the Vrabo family about their real-life nightmare.


It was just before 1:00 a.m., Saturday when Martha and Juan Vrabo were awoken from their sleep.

"The guy knock on my door real hard and say it's police," said Vrabo.  "It's police.  I looked out the window.  He knocked a lot of times really hard.  Then opened my pushed my door."  Vrabo says the man, who he had never seen before, pushed his front door open and immediately started yelling.

"He asked me if I sold drugs, or had drugs," said Vrabo.  "He said he was going to send me to Mexico, or throw me in jail.  Then he hit me in the face."  Vrabo said the man, now identified as Kevin Cruz, had a gun and a badge on his belt, so he thought it was a real officer.

"Then he got out his gun and he said he was going to shoot me," said Vrabo.  "He said he was going to shoot me.  He put his gun to my head and then my stomach.  He said I was an illegal, a wetback."  While Vrabo's life was being threatened, his four children were asleep in their beds, but Martha, his wife, was hiding.

"I called the police, and I went by the refrigerator," said Martha.  "I stay over there and call the police."  She heard bits and pieces of what was going on in the living room.

"When he talk to my husband he asked 'Who is here in your house?,' said Martha.  "He said my wife and my kids, and he said 'Where is your wife?' and he called me."  When called into the room, Martha said she hid the phone up her sweater sleeve all the while still on the phone with dispatch.  Martha said Cruz never took anything, just kept the gun pointed at her husband. Soon Tyler Police arrived, surrounded the house and used a loudspeaker to call Cruz out.  They arrested him immediately.

"Did you get any sleep?," I asked,  Martha answered no.

"I'm scared. I'm not sure in here," said Martha. "Are you scared to be in your own house?" I asked, "Yah," answered Martha.  As of right now Cruz has been charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault, which is a First Degree Felony.  His bond has not been set.

Tyler Police say Cruz had a handgun, a silver private security badge, and was wearing a coat with a police type emblem on the front.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com