Toddler held at gunpoint during west Mobile home invasion robbery
Friday, January 23, 2009
By ROBERT McCLENDON Staff Reporter
Two masked men forced their way into a west Mobile home Wednesday night, robbing a mother and her 2-year-old daughter at gunpoint, according to authorities and a family member of the victims.
The mother was confronted by two men in ski masks when she answered a knock on the door of her Wakefield Place Court home about
9 p.m., police said in a news release.
Once in the house, they demanded to know "where the money was," according to the release. Then one of the men held the little girl at gunpoint while the other gunman searched the house, police said.
A short time later, the men fled on foot.
After police arrived, they found some of the stolen items in a wooded area not far from the home, police said. The neighborhood of mostly expansive homes made of brick and stucco is off Airport Boulevard just west of Snow Road.
One of the robbers was described as a thin black man with light skin and about 5 feet 10 inches tall. The other man, also black, was heavyset and shorter at about 5 feet 7 inches tall. Both were dressed in black.
A man who identified himself as a family member of the victim, but who declined to give his name, was changing the locks on the front door of the house Thursday afternoon.
"They took the car keys," he said.
No car was stolen, the man said, but the two men did take other valuables, including jewelry, video game systems and a pair of glasses.
"It wasn't random, it was targeted," he said. "It had to be. They wouldn't have tried some random (stuff) like that with a police (officer) living next door."
A woman next door confirmed that the house belonged to an officer, though he wasn't home and she said she didn't know anything about the robbery.
Cpl. Charles Bagsby, a police spokesman, said that the victims did not know their assailants. Victims of home invasions fitting the description of Wednesday's robbery are rarely chosen at random, he said, but investigators at this point don't have any evidence to suggest that the mother and her child were specifically targeted.
Anyone with information is asked to call 251-208-7211.