Orlando family terrorized by armed suspects

FOX 35 News at 6 p.m.

- Orlando police are searching for two gunmen who forced themselves into a home and terrorized a mother and her teenage children inside.  It happened just after midnight at a home on Harwood Street, which is just south of Colonial Drive near the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Police say the suspects got inside the home through the front door, both armed with guns.  The gunmen confronted the woman and her kids.  The victim asked not to be identified, but she described what happened.

"They rushed in with guns and was like, 'Give me the money! Give me the money! and I'm like, 'I don't know what to tell you, there's no money here. There's no money here, you have the wrong house,'" she said.  "They tried to threaten my baby with a gun and kill my baby, and I was like 'No!' and I hovered over my baby and pushed her behind me.  After that, the one in the kitchen whispered something, and they backed out of the door and left."

This mother says three robbers actually searched the home while holding a weapon to her 11-year-old daughter, but they left without taking anything. Fortunately, no one was injured.

"We locked the doors and put everything, like the couches and stuff behind the door, and the police pulled up," she explained, adding that she was distraught over how her children were treated. "They were devastated, frightened for their life."

Police believe the gunmen targeted the wrong house.  Officers say the suspects left the scene in a grey Chevy Impala. The suspects are described as wearing dark clothing and covering their faces with masks. 

Despite the ordeal, the victim said she believes there is a reason why she is still alive and hopes to share a message with other parents.  "Just be careful and keep your kids 'prayered up.'  I know it was my guardian angel. My guardian angel showed up at my house."

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