The details are laid out in a 911 call made last week that ABC11 has obtained. The caller says he's a law enforcement officer friend of the family and the victim was too afraid to call police.
According to the call, the victim's husband was out of town for the weekend. She and the four children in the house went to bed as normal.
In the early hours of the morning, the victim said she awoke to find a man standing over her armed with a handgun. He told her he'd been in the house for hours and he had friends downstairs who were taking out the family's TV sets.
"I'm here for your jewelry. I'm here for your cash," the caller said the woman was told.
The gunman made her write down bank account numbers, her cell phone number, and the bank account numbers for her kids.
She was then told she needed to get $45,000 in cash by the next day and deliver it to an address in Durham.
The Wake County Sheriff's Office said it was investigating the case as a burglary, but did not give any other details.