Men hold-up family at home

January 24, 2011 8:23:55 PM PST
Gunmen use duct tape to tie up a Fayetteville mother and her two children during a home invasion over the weekend.The incident happened Saturday night in The Lakes subdivision off Morganton Road.

"Well, I had walked up on my porch and someone ran from around my house with a gun and told me to open the door," victim Lekilla Smith said.

Smith says when one of the suspects pointed a gun at her head and she screamed, because she says she feared for her life and thought she and her children were going to be killed.

"My neighbor across the street heard me and he called the police and came out with his shotgun," Smith said. "Then they forced their way into the house and they duct taped me and my sons. And by that time they started taking TVs and stuff up out of my house. The police came and my neighbor came."

Smith says the suspects tried to steal her car, but didn't get it. When police arrived, the suspects were already out of the house and inside a gold Nissan Maxima trying to make their getaway.

"So he took off," Fayetteville Police Sgt. John Somerindyke said. "The officer was able to turn around on the car and try to catch up to it. But by the time he did catch up to it the vehicle had crashed into a tree. And that suspect had fled the area. Both suspects ended up fleeing the area before officers could get to the house."

Smith says the whole ordeal lasted about five minutes and she did not know the suspects.

The suspects are still on the loose. Anyone with information about the home invasion is asked to call Fayetteville Police.

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