Four men, armed with handguns and hand-held radios, stormed into a Burlington County home and tied up a mother and her two kids during an afternoon robbery.
"She was feeling that they were going to kill the kids," the husband and father, who does not want to be identified, told NBC10's George Spencer.
Police say when the 32-year-old mother went to take out the trash around 3:00 p.m., the four men were waiting and forced their way inside into the home on the 900 block of Union Landing Road.
Once inside, investigators say the four men pistol whipped and tied up the mother and her two kids, ages 1 and 3, while they ransacked the home for 35 minutes.
"They went inside. They start beating them. My son, he got scared. He was screaming, yelling at them," said the father, who was working in Philadelphia at the time of the home invasion.
Police say the four suspects fled in a dark-colored SUV with tinted windows. One of the suspects had a long beard, another was wearing an orange shirt and a third suspect had on a white rubber bracelet.
"It was definitely a violent act. Any time they're gonna use force like that against children, it's definitely a concern for us," said Lt. Tim Young, of the Cinnaminson Police Department.
Police are asking anyone with information to call 1-800-78-CRIME.