A woman was frightened for her life when men with guns kicked in her front door, demanded money and attacked her in front of her young great-grandson.
The woman lives in a Columbia rental home, but she has only lived there a relatively short time. And police say it is possible there is some history about that house that made the three gunmen kick in the door around 2 a.m. Monday.
Once the men got inside, they came face to face with the elderly woman and her 4-year-old great-grandson who were praying for their lives.
"They broke the padlocked door, then the one guy with the mask, with the gun, he told me to get up. And he hit me with something. I don't know what it was. He demanded my money," said the woman, whose identity Channel 4 is not revealing.
The men wanted money, but she had none. They then threw her against a nearby bookcase, and the fall injured the woman's right arm near the elbow.
Today, all that remains is the bruise and, of course, the fear.
"I hope they catch them for somebody else's safety. I guess the good Lord was with us that time, you know. He didn't want us to die," the woman said.
The three men left as quickly as they'd come and went back through the front door of the woman's home.
Columbia Police Det. Marc Craig said the men were wearing masks. The woman said their arms were dark, but she was too frightened to remember much else.
"We want them bad. We need those people off the street," Craig said.
Nothing was stolen, but if the men are caught it is likely they will face charges of aggravated burglary.
Anyone who knows anything about what happened early Monday morning should call Crime Stoppers or Columbia police.
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