Video shows gunmen rob Akron home while woman is in bedroom

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AKRON, Ohio -- Akron police released video on Friday in the hopes of tracking down two suspects in a home invasion.

According to police, it happened at around 9 a.m. Thursday on Noble Avenue.

The 62-year old homeowner, who was upstairs watching TV in her bedroom, spoke to Fox 8, but did not want to be identified.

"They opened the door wide, and one of them was holding a large, flat gun and I looked at them, I was in shock...why are you in my house?" the woman said.

The woman said she was on the phone with her daughter, who wasn't sure what to think, when the gunmen stormed in.

"I said, well please just don't kill me now, you know, and she heard that and that's when the police was called," the victim recalled.

"She was like who is it, who is it and it sounded like she said it's a burglar and was like she was playing at first, but I called her back and she didn't answer," the woman’s daughter tells a 911 dispatcher.

The homeowner said one of the robbers demanded her phone, the other demanded her purse.

"At the time I had two purses laying there and he grabbed my purse and he told me he was gonna blow my damn brains out, he was gonna, you know, kill me," the homeowner said.

Police say the suspects took her cellphone, purse and TV before taking off.

"It's a good thing that she complied with everything they said, she didn't move, she gave them the cell phone, told them where the purse was, they took those belongings and left," said Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards.

The surveillance camera captures the suspects leaving the home, carrying a 60 inch flat screen TV on the way out.  The woman waited several minutes, then ran across the street to a neighbor for help.

Officers, with the help of a K-9, tracked the woman's stolen items to a vacant home on Noble Avenue. All of the woman's belongings were recovered except cash from her purse.

"This is not their first attempt, by watching them in the video, in fact, it's important that we get this video out and help identify who these people are and get them off the streets," said Edwards.

Police say the suspects are two black males, 17 – 25 years old.  The first suspect has a dark complexion, is 5’07” – 5’10”, 150 – 175 lbs., and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

The second suspect is 5’04” – 5’06”, 140 lbs., and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Akron police say the woman’s husband had just left for work when the robbers stormed in.  They also say nothing indicates that the family knew the gunmen or were targeted for any particular reason.

Luckily, the homeowner was not injured.

If you have any information on this crime, please call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; or 330-375-2Tip, or the Summit County Crime Stoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS.  You can also text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637 (Crimes).  Callers can remain anonymous.

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