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Neighbors react to Madison home invasion, gunpoint robbery

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Metro Councilman Bill Pridemore reacts to a grisly home invasion near his home in Madison. Metro Councilman Bill Pridemore reacts to a grisly home invasion near his home in Madison.
MADISON, TN (WSMV) -

A terrifying ordeal for a Madison family. It all happened early Sunday morning on the 1500 block of Neely's Bend Road.

Their house was broken into and they were robbed at gunpoint while they were still in bed. Their 14-year-old son even had a friend over to spend the night.

Police say Jeffrey McNew and Sadie Arnold broke in through a kitchen window. They then held the family at gunpoint -- stealing jewelry, change, and other valuables from the home. Police say the suspects then forced the dad to drive them to an ATM and withdraw $400. The suspects then went back to the house and stole the family's car.

Now, Police have both suspects: one faces several charges; and the other is still in the hospital, facing charges upon her release.

The suspects were in a car accident later that day but were not being chased by police at the time of the crash. However, when police responded to the second incident, they knew exactly whom they were dealing with. 

The victimized family declined an on-camera interview, saying they are still very shaken by this ordeal.

Neighbors we caught up with say it sure is scary, but they do not want fear to run their lives.

Bill Pridemore lives right next door to where the home invasion took place.

“Life goes on. The grass is getting high, I gotta cut it,” said Pridemore. “It's peaceful and quiet, we hardly ever have any problems.”

Pridemore knows the family and also serves as a Metro Councilman for the Madison district. 

“I'm sure it's traumatic for them, but it's put a lot of scare into people in the neighborhood,” he said. “I texted them this morning [and] talked to them last night. They're [doing] as well as they can be expected, being a traumatic incident like that.”

Pridemore says people in the neighborhood are taking more precautions since this incident.

“Well, for instance, my wife," he explains, "I was gone most of the afternoon yesterday, she turned on the alarm system for the first time in about a year, and wouldn't let the dogs out until I got home."

Victoria Beck, 18, lives right across the street from where the home invasion took place.

“You never think somebody is going to come into your house -- and at gunpoint -- that's really scary," she said.

Beck believes her canine companions make a great security system.

“(I am) definitely going to be having my dogs with me for protection,” Beck said.

The female suspect, Sadie Arnold, is still in the hospital following that car crash. Police say she will be charged once she is released.

Police say a lot of stolen goods were recovered from the car, and that it will take time to return those items.

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