Violent Home Invasion in Petersburg

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - The hunt is on tonight for two masked gunmen who forced their way into a Petersburg home in the middle of the night. Inside, a terrified 65 year old woman and her two young grandchildren. This happened in the 13-hundred block of East Valor Drive. Tonight, neighbors are outraged.

Neighbors say if a crime like this can happen to a senior citizen in their community - it could happen to anyone. The victim calls the ordeal terrifying. She knows it could have turned out much worse.

Maretha Mosby is on edge. Distraught by what unfolded in her home.

"It just scared me so bad," said Mosby.

It started around two o'clock Thursday morning. Mosby was in bed.  Her 6 and 13-year-old grandchildren were sleeping when they heard a loud "boom". Someone kicked in the front door.

"So I jumped out the bed and got to the door. There were two men standing there with guns," Mosby said.

Mosby says the two masked men pointed the gun at her and her 13-year-old grandson. The thieves demanded money.

"I was just praying to the lord. Lord help us, because I thought they were going to kill us really," she said.

The criminals ordered the victims to lay face down on the floor and not to move.

"There won't nothing to do but what they say with a gun in your face," Mosby said.

The gunmen eventually ran off. News of the crime is sparking anger among neighbors. Some calling the crime outrageous.

"She's so sweet. I can't believe somebody would do this to her," said neighbor Dionne George.

Dionne George lives across the street. A few months ago, someone kicked in her back door when she was on vacation.

"They did catch him so I'm hoping they'll catch who did this to this family. I'll be watching for suspicious activity and if anybody knows something they need to tell it," said George.

Despite the frightening ordeal, Mosby says she feels safe in her home. She's hopeful the criminals will be caught. If you have any information on this crime you're asked to contact police.

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