PHILADELPHIA, PA – On November 6, a family residing in the northern Philadelphia neighborhood of East Oak Lane experienced a terrifying ordeal as they were held hostage at gunpoint in their house amidst a disturbing rise in crime in the Philadelphia region.
The incident began when the homeowner and one of his employees were conversing outside the residence, which is also the owner’s place of business. Suddenly, a black Acura arrived at the scene. Four men, described as of Hispanic descent, charged out of the vehicle and toward the home. The men began pointing guns at the owner of the residence and forced him into the house.
Once inside, the alleged perpetrators attacked and tied up all those present, including the homeowner, his family, and the employee. A home surveillance video revealed a small child witnessing this horrific incident. Upon securing the house, the men fled with a safe, firearms, and jewelry from the home.
Despite the attack, no significant injuries have been reported, and the assailants are still at large. Police are urging anyone with pertinent information to come forward as they continue their investigations.
This event is just one in a wave of crimes beleaguering the city over the past few months. Flash mob crime incidents are disrupting daily life, with stores like Fine Wine And Good Spirits targeted for burglary and vandalism under the cover of night.