Home invasion victim fighting to regain sense of security
A man attacked in his own home is speaking out, revealing a new plan to protect his family and giving a warning to all of us.
Three men held David Young and his 17-year-old son at gunpoint as they ransacked and robbed the family home on the south side of the city near Banta Road in the Buck Creek Village neighborhood.
It was just one of at least nine recent home invasions in Indianapolis.
Young and his 17-year-old son where held on the ground of their home at gunpoint while three men stole wallets, computers and video games.
"I don't want to let this change my life to where I'm scared and running," said Young of living with the aftermath of what happened this past Sunday night.
So Young is standing his ground with new locks on his doors.
"We also added some extra latches," he explained.
He's also installed a home security system.
"It gives you a little sense of security," Young said.
He is also having serious thoughts for the first time in his life about buying a gun.
"I never really cared about having a gun, but if it means keeping my family safe..." Young said that's what he's willing to do.
Sunday was the first time Young couldn't do that.
"It's the worst feeling ever to feel helpless to protect your children and there's nothing you can do," explained the father.
Young was helpless, though, with a gun to the back of his head after three men attacked him in his garage.
"They started screaming, 'Give me your wallet! Give me your wallet! Who else is inside the house?'," Young recalled.
"I was just, like, 'Please don't hurt my son. Please don't hurt my son. Just don't hurt us. You know, take whatever you want'," Young said he told the men.
"You're laying there five minutes with a gun pushed up against your head, you can feel the hairs being ripped off the back of your head from where they're pressing it so hard," Young remembered.
He still has a bruise where the gun was pressed up against his skull and said he can't get rid of a constant headache.
"One of them said, 'We're not going to hurt you. We're just going to rob you and make some money'," Young recalled.
Within five minutes, they were gone, and still at large. They did not disappear without a trace, though.
"They got fingerprints off of that," said Young, pointing to the window on the front door.
Fingerprints, though, are just physical reminders. It's what you can't see, the images playing in Young's head, his peace of mind stolen.
"In this neighborhood, we leave the garage doors open," Young said. "We joke with neighbors, never had any worries whatsoever. Now, I'm always watching everything and trying to figure out every single way that I can protect myself and the ones I care for."
"I'll never forget it. Ever," he said. "It's hard to go to sleep."
For Young, that's the real crime.