Victims of home invasion call 911 from closet

by Larry Lemmons
Newschannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Five suspects have been charged with aggravated robbery for a home invasion early Monday morning.

The victims turned the tables on the alleged invaders. It was about a quarter past six Monday morning when five suspects knocked on the door of a Green Acres apartment.

Cordera Moore says, "They busted open the door. I came out of my room. They started pointing the gun at us, telling us to get back. They pointed the gun in all my roommates faces. So everybody sat down."

The suspects didn't know another man and two women were in the bedroom. They hid in a closet.

O'kuinn Young says, "I grabbed both of the girls. I took them in the closet and blanket and things on top of them where it looked like they wasn't there. And I laid on top of them. I told them to be quiet and be as still as you can. I was like I promise I'm going to get you out of here safe."

They called 9-1-1 and the police arrived to find the suspects and victims in one room.

Corporal Jerry Neufeld of the Amarillo Police Department says, "And the suspects were playing it down. And one or two victims in the living room there, not knowing, in fact, a weapon had been used, so they were like, yeah, everything's fine. You know, they didn't want to cause a problem right then because they were a little leery about what could happen."

Moore says, "I was thinking like, are they really going to kill any of us, or, I mean, is it just the money they wanted?"

The police searched the house and found the women in the closet.  Corporal Jerry Neufeld says few of these kinds of home invasions are arbitrary.  In fact the victims were acquainted with the female suspect, but say they didn't know the four men.

No one was injured.