RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Strangers force their way into two South Richmond homes, pulls a gun and demand cash.
The first incident happened around 9:30 Tuesday night in the 1700 block of Tifton Court. The second took place about a mile away in the 5600 block Orcutt Lane.
The victims are speaking out about what they call a terrifying ordeal. During one of the crimes the suspects kicked and punched Tomie Mack in the face.
"They had guns. All of them had 9 millimeters pointed at me," said Mack.
His face is swollen and his eyes are bruised. Signs of a brutal beat down in his home.
"I just woke up and somebody was kicking me in the head asking me, 'Where the money at? Where the money at?'," said Mack.
Mack was sleeping around eleven o'clock last when two men, he'd never seen before, pulled him out bed and attacked.
"They put me in a closet -- threw me in a closet in the bathroom and at that point I thought it was over. I thought they were going to shoot through the door," said Mack.
Police say the suspects broke into the home by removing an air conditioner from the window.
"I don't know if these people were watching the house - casing the place," said Mack.
Less than 2 hours earlier and about a mile away a similar incident happened at the Communities at Southwood. Keith Isham was inside his home with his roommate when he heard the doorbell. As he opened the front door two of the suspects kicked in the back door. Isham says the men rushed inside the home and pulled a gun.
"They told me to stay still stay on the floor and don't move," said Isham.
He and his roommate complied with the crooks.
(Nicole Bell: Did you fear for your life?) "Yeah, that's why I did whatever they said to do," said Isham.
In both cases the crooks got away with cash and jewelry. Police say it appears the same people are responsible for both of the home invasions. The victims say they know things could have ended differently.
"Thank God I'm alive," said Mack.
During both home invasions the suspects wore bandanas to cover their faces. If you have any information on these crimes contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.