Victims respond to home invasion

By Laura Geller - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (NBC12) - What would you do if you heard a knock on your door in the middle of the night, but weren't expecting anyone?

What went down at one Henrico home after a young boy opened the door was shocking.

While armed robbers got away with just two cell phones, they stole a whole lot more from one family.

A knock on the door around 1:00 Saturday morning, shook family members out of a peaceful sleep.

Most of the eight people inside the home on Gay Avenue thought it was a mistake.

But a 12-year-old boy in a sleepy stupor didn't realize the time and stumbled to the door.

"When you at home, you're secure so, he just thought it probably was a friend or something and opened the door and didn't realize that it was somebody crazy on the other side," said one victim.

The family asked us not to reveal their identities or the exact location of the house because what happened next has changed them forever.

Three men, two armed with guns, burst through the door and demanded money.

"I didn't know if they was actually gonna use the guns. I didn't know what they was gonna do I was just trying to let them know that we didn't have any money in the house ," said another victim.

But the thieves didn't want to hear that answer and punched the woman in the face.

They also started beating her 17-year old son while they were looking for money in the room where he slept.

Family members are urging people to understand a lesson they learned the hard way-- never open your door to strangers.

No one suffered serious physical injuries.

After the horrifying ordeal, the thieves only managed to get away with two cell phones.

"Even though they didn't get any money or anything like that, they still robbed us," said one victim.

"You don't feel secure at home anymore," said another victim. "That's the one place that you are supposed to have that feeling that nothing is going to happen, everything is going to be OK it's going to take us a while to get that back."

The woman told us the three men were not wearing masks but neither she nor her son recognized any of them.

As of yet, police have not made any arrests. If you have any information about the crime call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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