Police Hope Dropped Items Lead Them To Home Invasion Suspects


Police said three masked men burst into a northeast Columbus home containing two women and a toddler early Wednesday.

"My daughter had opened up the door because she was getting ready to go to work, and they busted through the door," said a woman calling 911.

Officers responded to the scene in the 5700 block of Forest Elm Lane just after 7 a.m.

Police said that one of the robbers held a gun to a woman's face while she was holding a 1-year-old boy in her arms.

"They had guns on me and my grand-baby and my daughter," stated the 911 caller.

Neighbors said they heard yelling but said it sounded like a domestic argument.

"I couldn't make out words," said neighbor Erik Haffenden. "I heard a lady in particular yelling really loud."

Haffenden said he thought it might have been a domestic disturbance, something he said is common in this neighborhood.

According to officers, the masked gunmen stole a $50 bill out of one of the women's purses, shoes and a cell phone.

Police said the men ran out of the back door of the home and tried to jump a fence, dropping stolen shoes and one of the weapons.

The woman told police she and her family did not know their attackers, and said the masked gunmen wanted it that way.

Police said they hoped the items that were dropped would help identify those involved.

No one was injured in the home invasion.

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