MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) -- Surveillance footage shows two masked and hooded figures rummaging through a Modesto home on Dezzani Lane early Wednesday morning, all while a husband, wife and their four kids -- including their toddler -- were in bed.
The family spoke to FOX40 but asked to not be identified.
“I didn’t know what was going on,” the woman said. “I mean, when I heard the first pounding it sounded like a car crash.”
The woman said that pounding turned out to be their now busted down front door. Immediately, she said she went to investigate. She said she believes the robbers heard her get out of bed.
“When all of a suddenly, I just hear people coming up the stairs, saying they were the police,” she said.
The woman said she knew they were lying. She told FOX40 she hit a security button that alerted the real police as her husband called 911, while from the other room she heard her daughter scream.
“‘Jesus Christ, don’t shoot me,’ and when I heard that I started yelling. ‘Hey, hey,’ and I was like, ‘Get out of here,’” the woman said.
That drew the robbers’ attention to the parents’ room. The woman said the robbers struggled to break down their bedroom door, but the couple had one last warning.
“I yelled at him,” the woman’s husband said. “I said, ‘Hey, the police are on the way.’”
That’s when one of the intruders fired a gun into the floor.
“Just a loud bang, and we see the flash and then we heard the footsteps of him running out,” the man said.
Police arrived moments later.
The man said he was once on a similar path and can empathize.
“So, I know where they’re at, and I know there’s hope for them,” the man said. “I know they can change.”
The couple later took extra security measures, but what they said they won’t do is allow these robbers to steal their peace of mind.
“We’re not a family you’re gonna mess with because we’re not gonna live in fear. I’m not gonna let them intimidate because I think that’s a dark place to live,” the woman said.
The Modesto Police Department is also hoping that neighbors who might have a camera captured these suspects’ getaway car.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636.