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HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Police say four gang members connected to a string of violent robberies and sex assaults have been arrested.

HPD says the suspects were involved in 10 cases they know of right now, including at least two purse snatching incidents, in addition to six home invasions.

Police Chief Art Acevedo said he believes the suspects may be connected to even more cases, asking for the public's help tying the suspects to additional crimes.

"These people are your worst nightmare," HPD Senior Officer Steven Hendry said during a Tuesday press conference.

"These violent gang members committed robberies, some were driveway robberies, and in six cases, they ambushed people inside their homes."

VIDEO: HPD Chief Art Acevedo and investigators brief media on suspects arrested for home invasions


Hendry says the suspects targeted families in the midwest part of town, where victims were sometimes tied up, even sexually assaulted.

While investigators are staying mum on how the suspects were found, HPD says they had brought a gun inside a convenience store at the time of their arrests.

One suspect had a pistol inside the store, Hendry said, while the other had left a gun inside their car. Two women were taken into custody alongside the two men.

Inside the vehicle, police say there was plenty of evidence to prosecute the suspects.

Acevedo said he was not going to release the names of "these gangbangers," and wasn't going to give them notoriety.

Instead, he said he was working in lockstep with Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg's office to clean up the streets of violent street gangs and criminals.

"We know we have a real challenge in our city as it relates to violent crime, violent robberies, and people being subjected to sexual assaults," Acevedo said. "The city of Houston is no longer going to tolerate this violent crime."

Acevedo said being a nosy neighbor will help the city combat crime, and repeated that if you see something, say something.
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