Man punched in face after startling burglars in Brandermill

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A burglar punches a man in the face before stealing electronics from a Brandermill home. The crook was one of two who broke into a house on Deer Meadow Drive off Brandermill Parkway.

Shae Carter said his nanny's boyfriend was punched when he startled the two masked men. There were four people in the house at the time, including his 4-year-old daughter. Carter walked us through the frightening ordeal.

There was black powder on the back door where police dusted for prints, and an empty camera case on the floor. Reminders of a crime that rattled the Carter family.

"My whole basement was ransacked," said Carter.

Carter said his nanny's boyfriend startled the two burglars. It was about two in the afternoon Tuesday.

"This door was locked. They kicked it in," said Carter.

The nanny was upstairs making lunch for Carter's 4-year-old. Her boyfriend was caring for Carter's father who just had eye surgery.

"My dog was barking. He heard the boom," said Carter.

Carter said when the nanny's boyfriend heard the noise he ran down stairs and took a look. He saw one of the men running out the back door. He grabbed a pool stick and took a swing at the other.

"He was hit right on the jaw," said Carter.

The two men, wearing hoodies and bandanas over their faces, ran off dropping what they couldn't carry in the backyard. Still they made off with quite a lot.

"They got away with the Xbox, my wife's laptop, digital camera, a Playstation 3," said Carter.

And a safe said Carter, that held important papers, pictures and family heirlooms. Carter doesn't know why his home was targeted, but will try to deter a repeat crime.

"I'm going to secure more, put a nice alarm system on my home, curtains - make it more secure for my family," said Carter.

Police said the burglars got away in a dark blue minivan. No one else in the house was hurt.

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