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Altus home invasion leaves three injured

Altus_Teenagers in hoods and masks broke into an Altus home on east Walnut Street and beat up the homeowner Saturday night at about 10:15.  The teens not only attacked the homeowner, they attacked his guests - his brother-in-law and a pregnant woman. 

Police say the motive was probably robbery.  Although they did not take anything from Jose Hernandez, his brother-in-law was not so lucky.  The side of Hernandez's head is still bruised, and he still doesn't know why he was targeted.  He says that he suspects the teens were after his brother-in-law.  "They pushed, and by the time I came out of the restroom, he was being beaten up," said Hernandez.

Police say they suspect that the motive was robbery, too.  "We believe they were going for one thing and one thing only, and it was money issue," said Altus Police Captain Michael Turner.  Hernandez's brother-in-law, and his friend - the woman who was expecting - were visiting his home on Saturday, and Hernandez had just walked into the restroom when he says he heard a loud thud.  He says he came out of the bathroom and was hit and pushed. 

Hernandez says he left the bathroom to find the three hooded teenagers beating up his guests.  He says they didn't take anything from him, but did take his brother-in-law's wallet - that's all.  Hernandez has a message for the culprits:  "The law's looking for them.  I just hand it over to the law."

After the incident, Hernandez says he immediately went to the police station to report it.  Police say the teens are still on the loose.  Hernandez says that both his brother-in-law, and the pregnant woman are recovering and expected to be just fine.  He says the teens didn't have any weapons, and they used only their fists. 

If you have any information about this crime, police ask that you call Jackson County Crimestoppers at 580-482-TIPS.  If your tip leads to an arrest you could be eligible for a cash reward.  As always, you can remain anonymous.

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