IRVING, Texas - An elderly couple was attacked during a home invasion robbery early Wednesday morning in Irving that echoed an incident last Friday in Dallas.
Police said four masked men used a cinder block to break through a window at the home on Fouts Drive, near Highway 183 and Belt Line Road in Irving. Once inside, the men tied them up the man and wife and ransacked the house.
Pat Wright, 76, told FOX 4 she was in bed around 3 a.m. when she heard the men yelling and speaking in mostly Spanish.
"All they would say is 'Where's your money, where's your money?' That's all they constantly said. My husband says, 'We don't keep our money here,'" Wright said.
The robbers wound up pistol-whipping her husband in the head.
She said she started speaking in tongues and believes that's what eventually scared the men away. She was able to free herself and call 911.
The woman's husband, who is in his 82, was taken to the hospital with a serious head injury that included bleeding on the brain.
The masked men got away with cash and jewelry.
Irving police said they are working with the Dallas Police Department to see if this case is related to a similar home invasion that happened earlier this week in north Dallas. That incident also involved a cement block thrown through a window, four masked gunmen speaking Spanish and the bounding and gagging of a couple.
"Our crime has very many similarities to a crime they are investigating and we are comparing our cases to see if they are going to be related in any way," said Irving PD Ofc. James McClellan.
Irving PD said they would compare notes with Dallas PD. They’re also looking into the possibility that the homeowners were targeted because they are business owners.