On Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 7:44 a.m., Tyler Police responded to 224 Fairmont Street on a Burglary in progress call. Officers on the scene were advised by the female home owner that a male suspect was still inside her residence. Officers entered the residence and located the suspect who was armed and took the suspect into custody.
Investigators learned the following: The suspect was dressed and disguised as a man but was in fact a female. She was identified as Maricela Aguilera Rodriquez, H/F, 04/21/1959, of Tyler. Rodriquez went to the back of the residence and found one of the young daughters outside. Rodriquez led the child by the hand to go inside the residence where she then confronted the mother and two other young daughters.
Rodriquez had a knife and a replica semi-automatic handgun in her waist band and had brought a back pack containing duct tape, a stun gun, Nunchukas, a knife and assorted other small items. Rodriquez had the mother take the duct tape and tie and gag her three daughters. The mother was then bound with duct tape by the suspect. The victims were forced into the front bedroom while the suspect went throughout the house, however; the victims were able to get out a bedroom window and run next door to call police without the suspect’s knowledge.
It is believed that the suspect entered the home to collect a debt, but mistakenly targeted the wrong residence. Rodriquez was charged with Residential Burglary with intent to commit a Felony, a first degree felony.
From Tyler Police