Robbers break into Salt Lake City home and terrorize family
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A man was beaten during a robbery. It happened around 4 a.m. The victim's wife said she didn't know who the robbers were.
She didn't want to go on camera, but she shared with Eyewitness News the scary details. She said her 8-year-old daughter awoke to screaming and witnessed her stepfather being beaten by two masked men.
"I'm scared for their safety," said Anthony Romero, the victim's son. "They just barely moved into the house. It's a nice house, nice area, nice people."
Anthony Romero said his family moved into the house near 1500 South and 1000 West two months ago. That has police wondering if the violent home invasion was a case of mistaken identity. Salt Lake City Police Detective Shawn Smart said, "There's a possibility that these people could have had the wrong house."
It was 4 o'clock in the morning. The family was asleep when two men dressed in black and wearing ski masks ripped the screen and broke through a basement window in the back of the house.
Romero, who was at another relative's home this morning, said the men went into his 10-year-old brother's room first. He said, "My little brother, they pointed a shotgun at him and said, â€˜Where's your mom and dad?'"
Inside the master bedroom, the men yelled at Romero's mother and stepfather, demanding money and drugs.
The woman said the men wore what looked like police SWAT uniforms. She said they identified themselves as police officers and wore badges around their necks.
When the robbers didn't get what they wanted, the men put a pillowcase over her husband's head and beat him. "They just beat him up with a gun a couple of times, tried to choke him for some money. I don't know why," Romero said.
The men left with some cash and the victims' car keys. Police haven't been able to find them. Smart said, "Anybody that does this type of thing, they're dangerous."
The men wore masks, so police don't have a good description of the suspects. If you have any information, call Salt Lake City police at 799-3000.