HOWE — In the early morning hours of March 23, Howe police Sergeant Mike Hill and Grayson Sheriff’s Office Deputy Soto responded to a report of a man with a gun who forced his way inside a residence in the 700 block of N. Collins Freeway in Howe.

According to Howe police, responding officers encountered 24-year-old Brandon Perez, of Anna, standing inside the open back door of the mobile home, armed with a 9mm pistol. Police say Perez eventually complied with officer’s orders to put the gun down and surrendered.

"Investigation revealed that Perez used a pry bar to force entry into his estranged girlfriend’s residence. He then threatened two adult men and [Perez’s] girlfriend at gunpoint," said HPD Chief Carl Hudman.

Hudman added that one of the victims called 9-1-1 and reported there was an armed intruder. Hudman said the caller left the phone line open, alerting 9-1-1 operators that the assault was in progress.

Perez was arrested and booked into the Grayson County jail on three counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Child Endangerment, as a 2-year-old child was reportedly inside the residence at the time of the altercation. There were no injuries. Police say an unloaded 9mm handgun and single 9mm bullet were recovered from the scene.