Movies like "The Strangers" and "Funny Games" depict a dramatic or sometimes absurdist version of home invasions. Sometimes these films are so stylized, they seem to barely resemble reality at all. Terrifyingly, testimony about a recent home invasion in Maryland shows that the real story might be closer to those we see in movies than we realized.
Four men entered a Silver Spring home, claiming they were there "to do work," according to The Washington Post. When pressed for more details about their "work" the crew answered vaguely while inspecting the house.
“Do you want to do this now or another time?” one asked.
“I’m ready,” another replied.
The men then attacked and tied up the residents of the home for 11 hours.
Police hypothesize that the family was chosen because a woman at that location worked at a check-cashing store — the thieves were looking to gain access to the keys and alarm code. They shuttled the woman back and forth to the store in a stolen van throughout the night, but ultimately couldn't get in to the building.
“Open your head and listen to me,” one of the men allegedly told a victim while holding a knife up to her face. “I’m going to ask you one more time for the password to the alarm. I’m going to count to three. If you don’t answer, I’m going to remove your eye.”
In the morning, one of the victims (who had been bound face-down for the duration of the attack) had his restraints loosened after being slashed in the face and neck with a knife. He eventually freed himself enough to attack the invaders, sending them running.
Police were called at 8:12 a.m. on August 2. Paramedics arrived to treat the victims for injuries that were considered non-lethal.
The man who fended off the criminals said he had seen the group hanging around the house beforing entering. The woman who worked at the check-cashing store later said she recognized one of the invaders from frequenting her place of business and helped police track down suspects from there.
Four adults (2 men, 2 women) and a child (who slept through the events) in total were at the apartment at the time of the invasion.
Five suspects (a fifth joined the original four later) were arrested and charged with offenses including home invasion, armed robbery, false imprisonment and theft. The group had stolen an iPhone, credit cards, $2,000 in cash, a Ford van, and an unkown amount of money from the chid's piggy bank.
The suspects were identified as Younus Alaameri, Bobby Jamar Johnson, Karon “Momo” Sayles, Dalik Daniel Oxely, and Edwin Ajeo, the last of whom is a 16-year-old who will be charged as an adult.
“This is a terrible, terrible home invasion robbery,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Ashley Inderfurth. The defendants were held without bond.
“The allegations are extremely violent and extremely dangerous," said District Judge Eric Nee.
[Photo: Montgomery County Police Department]