Home invasion suspects steal electronics

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An east Indianapolis woman and her daughter found themselves face to face with a pair of burglars who broke into their home Sunday. @

The 33-year-old woman and her 11-year-old daughter were home alone when two gunmen kicked in a back door around 10 p.m. Sunday in The Parks at Winding Ridge subdivision, near German Church Road and E. 42nd Street. She said she ignored one loud bang downstairs, but a second bang sounded more disturbing.

Thinking a television had fallen over, the woman went to investigate, only to be surprised by two uninvited guests.

"They were in my house, coming up my stairway with guns in their hands," she said.

The mother told police one of the suspects put guns to her head and chest, then started barking orders.

"He kept telling me to get on the ground, get on the ground, and my daughter saw it," said the woman.

The mother's first instinct was to protect her daughter, but then another instinct kicked in.

"I started praying for (the suspects). I said God forgive them, because they don't know what they are doing," she said.

The burglars left with the family's Nintendo game system, a 32" television, home computer, a cell phone, and other items. Eventually, they fled through the back door.

But as the frightened mother and daughter waited for police at their neighbor's house, the suspects forced their way into a home directly behind hers, one street over. The mother at that home says her son, who was home from college, answered a knock at the door without looking out first. One of the suspects immediately put a gun to his face and ordered him to the floor. His sister came downstairs to investigate the noise and the second burglar ordered her not to move.

The suspects also locked the mother in the garage before demanding money from her son. They got away with about $700, which he had been saving to buy a car to drive back to college. A three-year-old toddler was also in the home at the time of the home invasion.

The suspects are described as black males between 16 and 18 years old; one of them was 5'5", 140-160 lbs, wearing a black ski mask, gray hooded sweatshirt and a black leather jacket; the second was also described as 5'5", 160-180 lbs., also wearing a black ski mask. The second suspect was armed with two pistols, according to police, while the first suspect had one.

Police say the men left the second victims' home without injuring anyone. Police are looking to see if the same duo is connected to other recent home invasions that are similar in nature.

Investigators@hope someone with clues on the perpetrators will call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.@