Alleged robber fatally shot after holding up family trying to sell phone online

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Armed man uses website to get inside La Porte home, Marla Carter reports. (KTRK)

A family is grateful they are OK after a suspect attempted to rob them Friday night at their home in La Porte. The homeowner said he was forced to shoot the suspect.

The suspect later died.

According to the Webster family, their teenage daughter was buying a cell phone from a seller. The arrangement was made on the website Offer Up.

The seller, Joshua Daniels, was supposed to meet them in a public place on Friday evening, police said. There were delays and the family agreed to meet Daniels at their home.

When Daniels arrived that night, the teen girl asked if she could see the phone before handing over the money.

The Webster family said Daniels pointed a gun at the teen's mother's head and dragged her by the hair.

Daniels continued to demand the money.


When the teen ran inside to get the money, Ted Webster said he saw the gun pointed at his wife's head.

"All I thought, our whole relationship, my future without her flashed before my eyes and I thought I cannot bear that thought. I had to do something," he said.

Ted Webster then tackled the suspect to the ground. He was able to get Daniels away from his wife. Then Webster and Daniels got up and Webster said he was still demanding money. So Webster said he would go get it but instead he got his gun.

He returned to the front door where the suspect was standing. Webster said Daniels started to raise his gun and that's when Webster said he was forced to shoot Daniels.

"All I can remember is, I saw that hand starting to come up and I had no choice. I had to pull the trigger," said Webster.

Police said Daniels was shot in the stomach. He left with another suspect who was sitting in the getaway car. Soon after, Daniels was found 15 miles away at a Citgo gas station near I-10. After he arrived, police took Daniels to the hospital where he later died.

The suspected driver of the getaway car was being questioned by La Porte police on Tuesday.

La Porte PD has special parking spots dedicated to buying, selling and exchanging goods in their parking lot. The spots are under 24-hour surveillance. They recommend people use those spots when making transactions.

"Anytime that you're going to attempt to meet with a stranger to exchange goods, or money, or anything like that, you've got to be extremely cautious and that's why we're always looking out for our citizens and provide such a zone for them," said Sgt. John Kreuger.

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