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College Station police investigate apartment robbery

College Station police investigate apartment robbery

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Police late Thursday were investigating an aggravated robbery and sexual assault reported just after midnight at a College Station apartment complex.

Officers said they were called to the 1000 block of Balcones Drive about 12:40 a.m. Thursday. A woman told police she was playing video games with three friends when someone knocked on the door. As she answered, a masked man wielding a rifle pushed her to the ground and forced his way inside, according to authorities. Four or five others followed him, police said.

The man with the firearm held the four people at gunpoint in the living room while the other intruders searched for valuables, the woman told police. The gunman ordered the woman to a back bedroom, where she was forced to empty a purse, then was pushed onto the bed and sexually assaulted, according to police reports.

The group fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of property and cash, according to officials.

The woman is participating in the College Station Police Department's pseudonym program, so police cannot release her age or any information about her, Lt. Mark Langwell said.

Langwell would not release further details, including the name of the apartment complex and whether the victim knew the intruders. The only apartment complex in the 1000 block of Balcones Drive is Balcones Apartments.

"We are trying to track down a few leads to help identify some possible suspects," he said late Thursday.

Police said they're asking for any information about the identities of the men. All wore dark-colored clothing and had black bandanas or scarves over their faces, according to reports.

The man with the gun was about 6 feet tall with a slender build, and he was wearing a navy blue cloth shirt with decals or patches on the sleeve, the reports state.

The home invasion comes one week after the arrest of an 18-year-old Bryan man whom police said was involved in a February robbery at a different complex.

On Feb. 13, two men carrying guns entered an apartment at the Reveille Ranch complex on Wellborn Road. They forced four Texas A&M students into a shower, tied their hands with cords and then stacked furniture in the bathroom to keep them from escaping while the pair rummaged through the apartment, according to police reports.

The men shot in the direction of the students and then fled the scene in a stolen car, according to reports, which also state that the men left with a cell phone and camera worth about $1,500 while causing about $2,000 in damages to the apartment.

Robert Dean Summit remained in the Brazos County Jail late Thursday on $60,000 bail. He was charged with four counts of burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit robbery. A second arrest in the case is likely, authorities said.

College Station police Thursday offered tips to help safeguard a home against intruders: Have a deadbolt lock installed on all doors to the outside, as well as a peephole to look through before answering; keep blinds, curtains and windows closed; never open the door to strangers; and never invite strangers inside.

"Fortunately, this is a rare occurrence," Langwell said. "But you always have to be careful."

Anyone with information about the recent incident is asked to call 764-3446.

For more crime prevention tips, visit www.cstx.gov/home/index.asp?page=473.

• Kristy Gillentine's e-mail address is kristy.gillentine@theeagle.com.

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