Bayou Body Count: A Man's Apartment Is His Castle

If you're going to rob someone in their home at gunpoint in good ol' gun-toting Houston, you better know what you're doing, and you better be prepared to die.

At least that's the lesson one would-be-robber learned last Friday evening.

According to police, a man forced his way into an apartment at 12939 Whittington and walked in on a group of people inside. Immediately, the intruder pointed his gun at two of them.

But that was not enough.

A third person, police say, was able to grab his own gun and, fearing for his safety, shot the robber several times, killing him. The case will be sent to a Harris County grand jury to decide if the shooter will be charged.

It was about 6 p.m. on Monday when Cesar Gomez, 41, was operating a crane at 3910 Stoney Brook. As he tried to move the heavy piece of machinery to another location, police say, it toppled over onto him. Several other worker standing nearby rushed over and tried to pull Gomez out from under the crane, but were unable. Gomez died pinned underneath the machine, police say.

Police say they later learned that Gomez appeared to have loaded the crane several hundred pounds over its limit. No charges have been filed against anyone yet.

Police are also investigating the death of a homeless woman. She was found Monday morning at 6690 West Airport, lying on the ground behind a Valero gas station and car wash. Police say she was not fully dressed and appeared to have been beaten.

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And finally, police recently arrested a woman for shooting her roommate during a skirmish in October. Alicia Small, 30, is charged with manslaughter. Police say that Small and her roommate at 5504 Wipprecht, Tieya Mask, 37, got into a fight, during which Small grabbed a gun. Small told police that when Mask assaulted her, the gun went off, killing Mask.

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