A Southern California father of four recalled the terrifying moments after three gunmen burst into his home, pointed a gun at him and his family and took $500 in cash, jewelry, and watches before disappearing.
"They say they’re going to kill me or they're going to do something to my family," said the man, who only identified himself as Miguel. "You don't even know what to do. You don't know if you want to run away."
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The drama went down after midnight on Wednesday at the family’s home in the unincorporated area of Covina, about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, said Lt. Andy Berg of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Miguel said the neighborhood is quiet.
Police were looking for the men, described at Latino and between 20 and 35 years old. They ranged in height from 5 foot 2 to 5 foot 10 and weighed from 110 to 150 pounds.
Miguel said the robbers cut the wires to his surveillance cameras before coming to his door, pulling a gun and forcing him, his wife and their four children -- including a 1-year-old -- into their kitchen.
On the way out, the robbers told the family not to call the police and that someone would be watching their house.
Miguel's wife was so afraid she did not tell the authorities until she went to work Wednesday morning, when a coworker persuaded her to call.