Invaders bind dad and daughters, 14 and 19

Police search for suspects following armed home invasion in Wyoming. (Sept. 10, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 14-year-old girl was among the victims bound and held at gunpoint during a violent home invasion in Wyoming.

It happened on Dunbar Avenue near 36th Street in Wyoming around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. One man was hurt after he was hit over the head with a gun.

Police scoured the surrounding area for hours following the break-in, but as of Wednesday afternoon had arrested only one suspect. Officers said there may be as many as three other people involved in the crime.

Yerania Garza told 24 Hour News 8 she was asleep with her husband in the couple’s basement bedroom when the intruders forced their way through the front door, breaking the door’s frame.

Yerania Garza describes the attack on her family in their home. (Sept. 10, 2014)
(Garza describes the attack on her family in their home.)

“I was all scared. I was shaking,” Garza said. “I said, ‘I don’t know what they want ’cause we don’t have anything.'”

Garza said the invaders bound her 14- and 19-year-old daughters and her husband with duct tape. She was able to remain in the basement with her two younger children. As she called 911, she said, she could hear what was happening upstairs.

“Something bad was going on,” she said. “[My husband] was trying to move because they were hurting his daughter, so then they just hit him in the head.”

The home invaders wore ski masks and demanded cash, Garza said. She does not know why her home was targeted. Police say they believe as many as four robbers were involved, but Garza said there may have been more.

“Don’t talk or anything,” she said, describing the robbers’ demands. “Don’t cry because they were going to get killed.”

The invaders got a phone call and then suddenly ran away. Garza said she thinks someone — possibly a lookout person — notified them that the police were on the way.

Officers tracked down one of the suspects near the scene, but the others remained at large. They also collected guns at the scene.

The robbers never came to the downstairs room where Garza was with her two young children. She said she believes her pit bull is the reason why.

“They opened the door because they wanted to go downstairs,” Garza said. “But they saw the dog, so they didn’t go downstairs.”

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects is asked to contact the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at 616.530.7300 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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