Wichita Falls police are on the hunt for four masked men, two of them armed, who broke into a home and robbed a 73 year old man and his 67 year old wife. It happened around 4am Thursday in the 4100 block of Randel.
Investigators say the robbers got away with cash, electronics and even a shotgun. Detectives thought this crime sounded similar to another armed robbery earlier this month a few blocks away. There are a lot of similarities; the time of day, the location, means of entry - just to name a few. In both cases, the victims were not hurt, but one victim told 7News that it was the most terrifying experience of his life.
While most people were sound asleep Thursday morning, the elderly couple who were robbed on Randel were waking up to a strange noise near the back of their home. What they found were four masked men, two with guns pointed at them; they had kicked in the back door. "They ordered the victims to lay on their bed. Told them to remain there while they demanded stuff like money, credit cards, and pin numbers," said Sgt. Joe Snyder, Wichita Falls PD.
At the same time, Snyder says, two of the robbers rounded up as much loot as they could before taking off through the same door they earlier kicked in. "There were a lot of threats made during this home invasion," said Snyder. "And I'm sure they feared for their safety at that time." This story is all too familiar for another victim, who lives just down the street.
"They came around to the side of the house, stuck a gun to my head make me come inside the house. They said they were going to blow my head off," said a prior victim who was too afraid to reveal his identity. He says he walked out into his backyard around 5am earlier this month and was met by two masked men. "I didn't want to get shot," he said.
With a gun to his head, the men forced him inside his home, kicked open the bathroom door on this sister-in-law and robbed them. "I don't want to go through that again," the victim said. "Apparently these are not opportunists. It would appear to me that maybe they're scouting out their next armed robbery," Snyder said. And that's why police want to get these guys behind bars immediately.
Detectives hope witnesses may have seen the suspects get in a car, show up at a house or anything that will help them identify the robbers. Wichita Falls Crimestoppers is offering up to $1000 cash reward for information on these home invasions.
That number is 940-322-9888.
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