Chester woman bound by hands and feet by armed burglar

CHESTER, VA (WWBT) – A woman is tied up in her own home, bound by her hands and feet as an armed burglar searches her home for anything he can take. Now the Chester neighborhood where the robbery took place Sunday afternoon in the 3400 block of Osborne Road is on alert!

We spoke to the victim by phone. She was too scared to go on camera tonight after the armed burglar wearing a black mesh mask came into her home threatening to kill her if she didn't give him money.

It was just another quiet afternoon in her Chester neighborhood, one that she'll never forget. She was held at gunpoint and her hands and feet tied up by a burglar in the middle of the afternoon. She was home when we stopped by but was understandably too shaken up to answer the door. Next door one of her neighbors did, but asked we not show her face on TV while the suspect is on the loose.

"The forensic unit was out there," said the neighbor. "There were a couple of unmarked cars across the street and marked cars down the street."

The neighbor saw all of the commotion in front of the victim's home Sunday. After learning about the burglary, she's a little more careful about opening the door to a stranger.

"It's going to make me make sure my alarm is on every night," she said.

Once the victim was able to escape, she ran next door and got help from another neighbor, Tom Slate.

"Actually the lady came to my door and said she had been bound behind her back and her hands with zip ties and said that she had been robbed," said Slate.

And while the news of the afternoon burglary is startling to these neighbors, at least one isn't letting it affect his quality of life.

"I'm not going to answer the door with a guy standing here with a mask on," said neighbor Gene Barryman. "If I do I'm going to answer it in a way he isn't going to like. I'd probably call 911 and have my pistol handy."

The suspect is described as a black male with a slender build, about 6 feet tall and in his 30s. He was wearing a white t-shirt, navy blue gym shorts, a black baseball-style cap and a black mesh mask. Oddly enough the victim told us the suspect didn't take any of the expensive jewelry she was wearing. If you have any information about this burglary call crime solvers at 748-0660.

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