A Killeen, Texas, woman shared surveillance footage of robbers holding her at gunpoint and attempting to steal from her.
On Nov. 18 at around 1 a.m., the victim reportedly heard glass break near the front of her house and quickly discovered someone had tried to break into her window. She called 911 and proceeded to get a knock on the door. A man was outside and asked if she was OK, though the woman claimed he was a distraction to allow the armed men to approach her, KCEN reports.
The men reportedly intended to rob the woman, but fled the home when they noticed she had four dogs. When authorities arrived, they encountered the man who pretended to be a concerned neighbor. The man denied being involved in the crime, though police subsequently confirmed his involvement.
Investigating authorities also discovered two suspicious vehicles near the home and ultimately learned the occupants of the cars were the other suspects involved in the attempted burglary.
Police arrested and charged Gjavion Smith-Williams, 17, Jamal Marbury Jr., 18, Daquan Lavant, 18, and Davieon Reed, 22, with burglary of a habitation. Police also took one juvenile into custody.
Many readers expressed shock over the terrifying ordeal the woman endured.
"What a terrible experience for this young lady," one Daily Mail reader commented. "As a young woman who lives alone, my security cameras are in full view. The neighbors don't like it, but it's a major deterrent. Also, have a door peephole installed and don't answer the door for people you don't know."
"All four of these clowns should spend the rest of their lives in jail," wrote another. "Obviously, they don't know how to be responsible citizens."
"So did they draw straws to decide who was the stooge who would leave his face uncovered?" another chimed in. "Stay in school, kids."
In a similar incident, a Minnesota woman visiting Chicago for Thanksgiving was robbed of her car at gunpoint. Donna Hart was leaving her relative's house on Nov. 21 when two teenagers reportedly approached her and held her at gunpoint.
"I turned around and said, 'What did you say?'" Hart told WLS. "That's when he pulled a gun and said, 'What do you have in your pockets?' I said, 'I don't have anything in my pockets.'"
Hart ultimately turned over her car keys and belongings.
"I was like, 'Can I have my face wash, my toothpaste and toothbrush back?'" Hart recalled. "He looked at me and said, 'Yeah' in a little meek voice like he was a child, which he was."
The robbers fled the scene in Hart's car.
The woman said she remained calm the during the ordeal so the thieves wouldn't shoot her.
"I had to keep calm," she said. "I had to keep him calm because I didn't want him to shoot me with that gun."
The car was later recovered, though police have not yet located the suspects.