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Durham Police Seek 4 Linked to Home Invasion

Posted May 18, 2007

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— Durham police are looking for four people who broke into a home in broad daylight and assaulted a mother.

The mother, whose name was not released, and her 3-year-old daughter were inside their Independence Avenue home at about 10:30 a.m. Friday when someone knocked on the back door, police said.

Two men and two women then forced their way into the house and told the occupants they had a gun. Police said, however, no one ever saw a weapon.

The child told WRAL that "the bad people punched my mommy," and investigators confirmed the mother was struck in the eye and tied to a kitchen chair while the assailants ransacked the house.

Sources told WRAL the men used a cord from a phone they tore from the wall to tie the mother.

Police said the child was not injured.

Authorities said the four individuals took a television, two computers, jewelry and a PlayStation 2 from the house, as well as an in-dash television from a vehicle parked in the garage.

"They went through the house -- didn't destroy it -- but t hey went to a certain room -- the master bedroom and demolished the closet looking for money," officer Jeffrey Cockerham said.

They fled the scene in a small, gray, four-door hatchback with a loud muffler, police said. The make and model were not immediately known.

Police released the following descriptions of the perpetrators:

  • A black man, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build. He had short cornrows and was wearing a white T-shirt and black pants.
     
  • A black man, 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build. No clothing description was available.
     
  • A black woman, 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall with a heavy build. She had a short ponytail and was wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt.
     
  • A black woman, 5 feet 3 inches tall with a slender build. She was wearing black jeans, a white T-shirt and a second T-shirt tied around her head.

Anyone with information about the crime should call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.