HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A Henrico grandfather spends a terrifying afternoon tied up after a gunman invades his home. His own grandchildren found him when they got off the school bus. This all happened in the Oak Hills neighborhood just off Staples Mill Road and Sharps Way around 3:00 Tuesday afternoon.
Not only did the gunman tie the grandfather up but he rummaged through the house, found a set of keys and took off with his car. That grandfather doesn't speak a word of English but he stood and listened as his son explained to me what happened.
"They just robbed that's it. They just ring the door and robbed. That's it. (Evrod: Was it somebody that you guys knew?) No," said Tim Loung.
We caught up with Tim Loung and his 60-year-old father as they cautiously returned home Tuesday night. Just hours ago, this was the scene after someone pushed their way into the house at gunpoint and tied the father up.
Evrod Cassimy: "What did they take?
Tim Loung: "Money! That's it."
Evrod Cassimy: "Did they take a car?"
Tim Loung: "Yeah, they took a car. A car we kept…"
Evrod Cassimy: "And you guys were able to recover the car we're told."
Tim Loung: "Uh-huh."
Across the street, Gina Trail peeked her head through the window before even coming to the door when we rang her bell. She was still shaken up by the day's events.
"Now we need to start paying more attention to what's going on because like I said I was here and I…I was here later and I probably didn't look over there," she said.
The 60-year-old is back in his home tonight. The family plans to change the locks on their doors and has a way to protect themselves in case this happens again.
Evrod Cassimy: "Are you afraid the robber is still out there?"
Tim Loung: "No."
Evrod Cassimy: "Why not?"
Tim Loung: "Because we going to buy a gun anyway. We are going to buy a gun and anybody comes we shoot."
Henrico police spent most of the afternoon canvassing the neighborhood and speaking with neighbors trying to find out if they saw anything. The 60-year-old man was not hurt during the burglary.
Police say that the stolen car was recovered less than 2 miles away from the home in the parking lot of a nearby business. So far, no arrests have been made.