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Unclear if FBI raids in Bryan, Houston are related

Unclear if FBI raids in Bryan, Houston are related

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Unclear if FBI raids in Bryan, Houston are related

A Bryan police officer stands behind a barricade at the entrance to the Woodland Court Condominiums in Bryan Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (Eagle Photo/ Stuart Villanueva)

The FBI raided a condo on Villa Maria Road near F.M. 2818 on Friday as investigators simultaneously searched two upscale Houston homes.

The searches may have been linked to the purchase of chemicals used to make some type of gas, such as tear gas or nerve gas, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Because the documents related to the investigation were sealed, FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap could not comment on the details of the search warrant served at the Woodland Court condos in Bryan. No arrests had been made as of Friday afternoon.

The FBI would not confirm if the investigation was linked to the searches conducted at the Houston homes, but the Chronicle identified the owners of those homes as Cecily E. Horton and Andrew E. Schneck, who are also listed as the owners of a unit at the Woodland Court condos, which showed signs of forced entry after law enforcement left the scene.

When reached on his cellphone Friday afternoon, Andrew Edward Schneck, who is listed as a doctorate student in urban and regional sciences in the Texas A&M directory, said he was driving across parts of the country and had been advised to be discreet, so the "short answer is no, I don't know [what's going on]." He declined to elaborate before hanging up.

Horton's partner in M.K.G. Art Management, Melissa Grobmeyer, told the Chronicle the investigation "has to do with [the couple's] son."

From the Shell gas station off F.M. 2818, white tents, multiple vehicles and trailers could be seen on the northwest corner of the complex as investigators in hazardous material suits continued searching the home late into the afternoon.

"Whenever there's a potential that we could come in contact with hazardous material, we are always going to take necessary precautions," Dunlap said. "The safety of the public and our personnel is our No. 1 priority."

Dunlap said there was no "threat to the greater public," but barriers were set up at the entrance to the complex, only allowing residents back inside if they could point out their homes.

Assisting with the investigation was the Bryan Police Department, as well as the College Station Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff's Office, the Waller County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Secret Service and Bryan and College Station fire departments.

The road barriers came down around 6:30 p.m. once investigators had cleared the scene.

Amy Brown, an A&M freshman who lives across the street from the unit that was searched, said she woke up to an FBI agent at the door around 10:15 a.m. The agent told her and her roommate to evacuate the home as soon as possible, Brown said.

Before they left, the agents took down Brown's information, showed her and her roommate a picture of a man and a woman in their 40s and asked if they had ever come into contact with them, Brown said.

The agents also asked if they had noticed frequent deliveries from UPS and FedEx, something the women had noticed, Brown said.

Brown's sister, Ashley Brown, a senior at A&M who has lived at the Woodland Court Condominiums since last year, said she had seen a couple outside the unit on occasion, but they never stayed long.

She had noticed a garage full of packages while walking past the home on her way to the mailboxes about eight months ago but never thought anything of it, she said.

"You try to put good faith in people around you," Ashley Brown said. "I noticed boxes in his house but nothing seemed out of the ordinary."

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