Armed robbers may be targeting local Hispanic residents

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Waco police are warning Hispanic residents to be vigilant after two armed robberies in which they believe the victims may have been targeted.

A homeowner who fought off robbers in his front yard speaks (Photo by Drake Lawson)

The first occurred overnight Friday in the 2100 block of McFerrin Avenue where two men dressed entirely in black displayed guns and tried to rob three Hispanic men who were in the yard of home.

The would-be victims were able to fight the robbers off.

"When he found out I was able to speak English that is when he ran away," said one of the victims who asked to remain anonymous.

The men say they were attacked because of the Latino music they were playing in their front yard.

"I just want these guys to be caught because they shouldn’t be doing this," another of the victims said.

Police say the robbers fled emptyhanded.

Hours later officers were sent to the 2200 block of Summer Avenue Saturday after a business owner called at around 10 a.m. and reported that his employees hadn't shown up for work, police said.

When authorities arrived, they found six Hispanic men inside the home, bound with extension cords and belts.

Officers learned that two robbers, who were wearing masks and gloves and were dressed entirely in black, forced their way into the home at around 7:30 a.m.

"All of the victims were threatened and one of the victims was beaten with a baton," police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said in a press release.

Cash and cell phones were taken from the victims.

"It is believed the suspects are casing the neighborhood for victims who are most likely undocumented immigrants," Swanton stated.

He says the description of the suspects match those of the call on McFerrin.

"We are cautioning our community to keep an eye out for each other and always report suspicious and/or criminal behavior," Swanton said in the press release.