MISHAWAKA — It was the plea of a stranded motorist that led him to open the door to his home.
His charity ended with him being robbed at gun point.
Police are continuing investigate the Thursday night home invasion robbery in the Village Green Mobile Home Park. According to a police report, the 35-year-old victim told police the robbery occurred about 8:30 p.m., when he heard a knock on the door.
Outside, the man said, he heard a female’s voice.
“Can I use the phone to call my dad? My car broke down outside.”
The man told police he looked outside, saw the older model white Buick parked on the curb, and opened the door.
Two previously unseen men — both wearing black sheers over their faces, one carrying a handgun — then rushed from behind her, the man said, yelling, “Get on the ground.”
The man was struck in the head with the bottom of the gun, leaving a gash that was still bleeding profusely when police arrived.
The man and a 21-year-old woman also inside the home had their hands tied with speaker wire and a scarf, and were forced to lie on the floor while the robbers ransacked the home.
The victims reported lying on the floor for about 20 minutes while the robbers searched, stuffing items into pillow cases.
Before they left, the victims said the robbers took their cell phones, and ordered them not to look outside.
About five minutes after the robbers left, the man was able to untie himself and run to a neighbor’s house to call police.
According to the police report, the robbers stole several guns, video game systems, cash and the two cell phones.
The two male suspects are described as black, young and wearing dark clothing, with one listed at 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, the other as 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds. The woman was described as black, between the ages of 18 and 35, standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds.
Although she had been tied up, the woman told police she was uninjured except for a few scratches on her arm. The man, who was checked by medics, refused treatment for the cut on his head.
Staff writer Dave Stephens: