The one-point two million dollar home on Albans has become a tourist attraction for curious neighbors.
It's been very exciting. It's been very exciting. Everyone's been all about it all day. Since 9:00. Said Deborah Starrett.
After all it's not every day dozens of law enforcement officers including FBI agents don hazmat suits and raid a home in Rice Village. Just after this raid began they moved in on a million dollar-plus house on Fall River Road in the Memorial area. They were also searching a condo in Bryan. All of the properties come back to Houston art expert Cecily Horton and Andrew Schneck..We stopped by Horton's business, MKG Art Management. Staff there said she had not been in all day. Back in the neighborhoods facts were scarce, but rumors were plentiful..
"I've heard a little bit here.. a little bit.. been kind of putting the pieces together. I've heard some kind of bomb parts and maybe a chemical agent." Said Brad Fleming
I don't really know.. There's a lot of men in hazmat suits. some kind of chemical possibly according to some local police officers." Said Chris Pancheri.
Neighbors say their son.. also named Andrew Schneck, a student at A&M was the real reason for the raids. They say he's been to some websites that aroused suspicion. True? Maybe. Maybe not. The FBI couldn't say and by couldn't I mean legally couldn't...
"Because the documents are sealed in this case by a court order we are prohibited from commenting on the nature of the investigation and this particular operation. But I'm here to all ay any concerns and provide safety information to the public." Said Special Agent Shauna Dunlap.
Dunlap says there were no shelter in place orders or evacuation orders in effect.. But the operation took over seven hours because the houses were so large.. and the potential risk so great.. Did they find anything? We don't know.. By later afternoon the raids were over, but a lot of questions remained..