Robbers target family on Detroit's east side

(WXYZ) - A new lock is the only sign a home on Detroit’s east side was the scene of a terrifying night.

"They pointed a shot gun at me, told me to get down and demanded to know where the money is," said one of the homeowners. 

Inside a home on Park Grove near Hayes is where three relatives live: an 88-year-old mother and her two sons, ages 62 and 60.

The family is, understandably, scared to go on camera, but a son did tell 7 Action News his horrifying story:

Tuesday night at 9pm, the homeowner says three men entered through a side door, one armed with a shot gun.

"Pointed a shot gun at me, told me to get down and demanded to know where the money is," said one of the sons.

The homeowners say a total of six men made up the heist. Three inside held the elderly mother and sons at gunpoint.

The three men, all described by Detroit Police as young black males between 16 and 18 years of age, went through each room of the home, looking for money.

After five minutes of finding no cash, came a threat.

"You better get some money or we’re going to kill you."

Each member of the Detroit family has a medical condition, leaving them weak and vulnerable. They believe that’s the reason why they were targeted.

The family survives on social security and had little money to offer the crooks, so they cobbled together around $150 and gave the thieves a set of house keys for the home they have lived in since 1974.

If you have any information on this case, please call Detroit Police at 313-596-5240.

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