Police: Family woken up, tied up and terrorized overnight in Somerton

- A Somerton family on an unusually quiet street was the target of home invaders who may have hit the house by mistake.

It happened at about 1am Friday in the 14000 block of Faraday Street. The victims told FOX 29’s Steve Keeley 97 percent of their neighbors are police officers, so this sort of thing doesn’t happen.

The family of three was sleeping when Philadelphia police say the three attackers got in through the sliding glass door in the back with a crowbar.

Police say all three were prepared with masks covering their faces, gloves on their hands and ties to tie the family up.

One robber woke up a couple in their 60s in their bed and pointed a gun at them.

He ordered them and their adult son to tell them where the money was. Family members said they didn’t have any, so the robbers ransacked all three floors of the house, pulling out drawers and flipping furniture.

The robbers only got about $40 in cash from the adult son’s wallet.

Luckily, nobody was hurt. The victims were never hit or pistol-whipped, despite one of the attackers showing a gun at one point.

During the ordeal, one of the robbers said to another that they hit the wrong house, which means someone living nearby may have been the real target.

One robber is described as in his early 20s, about 6’2” tall, weighing about 180 lbs., with a thin build and tan bandanna over his face.

The others were wearing dark clothing. All had masks and gloves on.

Police say a large church nearby has surveillance cameras, so they’re hoping for a look at who committed the crime.

Also, the victims said they have a burglar alarm but it wasn’t on, but it will be from now on.

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