Pregnant Woman, Boyfriend Tied Up During Violent Home Invasion

By Dan Stamm
|  Friday, Jan 31, 2014  |  Updated 7:38 AM EDT
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A couple is hospitalized after a dangerous home invasion.

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A couple is hospitalized after a dangerous home invasion.

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A pregnant woman and her boyfriend came home to find their new home ransacked with five masked men inside.

“All five were wearing ski masks and all five had guns,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Small described what police discovered shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday when they responded to the home on the 400 block of W Venango Street in North Philadelphia.

“All five were wearing ski masks and all five had guns,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The men then tied up the 24-year-old woman, who is two months pregnant, and her 38-year-old boyfriend.

“They used duct tape to tie the ankles of both the residents as well as they duct taped and gagged the mouth of the (man).”

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The men also pistol-whipped the man and handcuffed both residents before dragging them into the basement.

The men tore through the home before leaving. The woman was able to bite the duct tape off the man’s face and they then called police. Firefighters had to cut off the handcuffs.

The attack left the man in the hospital in stable condition. The woman was hospitalized for observation.

Small said the residents didn’t know exactly what was taken during the home invasion.

An investigation showed that at least one of the masked men climbed in through a second-floor rear window then allowed in the others through a back door.

Small said the renovated house, which the couple only moved into a few months ago, was “completely ransacked.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.

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