Home invasion involving family of five in south Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some south Richmond residents, frightened by a home invasion, want to move out of their neighborhood. It happened just after 8 p.m. Sunday night on Dorset Road near Walmsley Boulevard.

Neighbor Barry Mack describes Dorset Road as quiet. But it was quite the opposite Sunday night when neighbors say Richmond police swarmed a home after three men terrorized a family of five.

"It's kind of surprising it's kind of shocking and I just hope the family is okay," said Mack.

Police say the gunmen kicked in the front door with shotguns drawn. Two of the gunmen were wearing blue bandanas over their faces; the other shielded his face with a hoodie. The gunmen demanded money from two adults who were told to get down on the floor.

The adults were kicked in the face and then everyone was locked in the bathroom. This all happened in front of three children. The gunmen ransacked the home and ran off with cell phones and a purse.

"It's only two streets away; that's too close to home," said neighbor Ashlee Boyd.

Boyd is a little nervous about leaving home to head back to college after hearing about the home invasion.

"That's crazy, I don't want my mom living in this neighborhood anymore," said Boyd.

Other neighbors say people have moved away because of a spike in crime and some have even bought guns or plan to -- to keep their families safe. Mack says he's never had a problem and even though his end of the block is quiet, he doesn't let his guard down.

"There's crime out there and that's what they look for. They look for areas that are quiet and neighbors who don't look out for each other, so we make sure to keep the lights on, we keep our doors locked, and we keep our cars locked," said Mack.

The victims were not seriously hurt. Police only have vague descriptions of the gunmen, believed to be 18 to 20 years old. If you have information about this home invasion, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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