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Man Fights Four Suspects in Home Invasion to Protect Family
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WESTWOOD, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- A man fights with four suspects who broke into his house during an overnight home invasion.
Just before midnight the men forced their way inside the house on Mignon Avenue in Westwood and it was all caught on camera. The victim's girlfriend and baby were in the house and he was trying to protect them. He asked us not to show his face.
Just about everywhere you look in the entryway of the home there is blood. The floor, the walls, and on the victim's clothing.
"I guess they're claw marks and then here's some scratch marks."
The victims say their next door neighbor called and asked if she could come over because she was having problems with her boyfriend. She had a conversation with them and left. The homeowner's surveillance system shows she knocks at the door again. A short time later, you see the suspects crouching down on the porch.
And when the neighbor is leaving, the four men push past her, bursting through the door with guns.
"I like twisted it out of his hand and he dropped it. So I'm down on the ground trying to get that. About that time I got hit with a semi-automatic pistol under my right eye. I got a hold of the gun, the revolver, the first gun, put it up to the guy's stomach, clicked it. It was empty."
The victim fought all four suspects. He was able to disarm another one and turn the man's own firearm on him.
"The guy with the semi-automatic came to the right, I twisted the gun outta his hand, stuck it on his chest. Clicked it, it was empty."
The suspects also hit the victim with the victim's BB gun and with a gumball machine. During the chaos the victim's girlfriend was hiding under a dining room table with the couple's eight-month-old daughter.
"I wouldn't suggest anyone fighting, but when you got a gun in your face and I figured let her and the baby at least get somewhere to hide."
After about 25 minutes of fighting the suspects left with 600 dollars and a cell phone. The victim is hoping his surveillance system will help get these suspects arrested.
"You're in the sanctuary of your house. You don't think that somebody's going to do that."
The victim says he recognized at least three of the men who broke in, he believes one man is a neighbor of his. Police are using the surveillance video, a license plate number, and other evidence to catch the suspects.
If you have any information that can help police find the people involved call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.