Pregnant woman assaulted in home invasion
By John W. Goodwin Jr.
Police are investigating a home invasion in which a pregnant West Side woman was terrorized, assaulted and held at gunpoint.
According to police reports, the 21-year-old woman was in her Mahoning Avenue home with her 25-year-old boyfriend just after 1 a.m. Tuesday when the boyfriend decided to go to a corner store for cigarettes.
The woman, who is seven months pregnant, was home alone with her 2-year-old son when the intruders broke in.
The woman told police she was in a bathroom when she heard loud noises that she assumed were made by her boyfriend returning from the store.
When she went to see what was causing the commotion, she was confronted by two masked men standing in her kitchen.
The woman noticed that one of the masked men was holding a gun when she entered the kitchen.
Reports say the gunman grabbed the woman by the arm, led her to another room in the house and ordered her to sit on a chair. The other man, reports said, began rummaging through drawers in the kitchen.
The woman told police the two intruders eventually met in the kitchen where they began to whisper quietly.
She said she used the opportunity to reach for her cell phone in an effort to call police, but one of the men came into the room and noticed that she was reaching for the phone.
One of the men pushed the woman onto a couch and punched her in the eye for trying to reach the cell phone. Reports say the man told the woman that he was sorry for punching her but she was not listening to orders.
Police noted a knot under the woman’s right eye that was about the size of a golf ball.
The woman said she was again ordered to sit in a chair as the two men continued to rummage through drawers and ased the woman, “Where is the [stuff]?” She told police she had no idea what items the men were looking for.
Reports say the men left the house after one of the men continued to tell the other man it was time to go.
The intruders took the woman’s cell phone, and she waited until her boyfriend returned to call police on the boyfriend’s cell phone.
The boyfriend told police he believes someone from whom he borrowed $400 is responsible for the home invasion.