Husband fends off robbers with his pregnant wife, child in the room

MISHAWAKA, Ind. --- At about 5:15 Thursday morning, one Mishawaka father was taking out the trash before work. Then everything changed as two men, one with a gun, approached him demanding money.

The father, who doesn't want to be named, handed over his wallet but tells us this wasn't enough for the robbers. They demanded to go into his home where his pregnant wife and 18-month-old daughter were sleeping.

"We went upstairs where my pregnant wife and daughter were sleeping," The father said. "I told them to be calm and stay cool."

The two men took the family downstairs and were asking where they kept valuable electronics that the family doesn't have. During this process, the father noticed the man with the gun was holding the trigger tightly and he assumed it was either unloaded or had the safety on. Fearing for his family's safety, he took action.

"I knew I had to do something," The father said. "When he wasn't aware, I grabbed the gun, pointed it at the ceiling and squeezed as hard as I could to see if anything was there. Nothing happened. I told my wife to run."

His wife ran next door and neighbors say, she struggled with the decision to run or grab her daughter first. One neighbor says a detective told her the mother did the right thing.

When the mother got to the neighbor's house, they called police. During this time, the father was still wrestling with the robbers.

"My goal was to wrestle them the whole time and keep my eye on the gun," The father said. "I never got possession of the gun but there was a moment it was on the floor. We stared at each other and I told them 'Just leave. I want this to be over.' So they left. I had blood in my eyes so I couldn't really see, but I picked up my daughter and told her everything was going to be ok."

Police arrived and were able to arrest the two individuals. One neighbor says she saw and heard a car peel out of the alley when her motion sensor lights turned on. Police say they are searching for a third person involved with the robbery.

The Mishawaka Police Department will not release the name of the suspects until formal charges are filed by the Prosecutor's Office. If you have anymore information about this case, you can call the Mishawaka Detective Bureau at (574) 258-1685 or Crime Stoppers at (574) 288-STOP.


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