RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. - A terrifying ordeal for a family in Rancho Cucamonga as they were held at gunpoint by three robbers during a home invasion.
The robbers got into the house through the family's garage door which was open. Mike Hafez his wife and two sons were spending time in their garage which is modeled like a living room.
Around 8:40 p.m. Thursday they say three men ran into the garage and tied them all up, pepper sprayed them then pistol whipped Hafez in the back of his head.
"So they're like give me your money I said well here is the money. ...I need your money in the safe,” Mike Hafez said.
He walked two of the men upstairs.
"And at this time your daughter is upstairs? Yes my daughter was upstairs I didn't want to tell them," he told FOX 11’s Leah Uko.
While the men ransacked the bedroom and stole more than $250,000 worth of jewelry Hafez’s daughter was hiding in another room...calling the police.
"I wasn't trying to make any eye contract with them. I wasn’t trying to look at them, I just wanted them to take whatever and get out,” he said.
The most hurt caused was to their 10-year-old son Daniel, who was pepper sprayed.
"I heard my mom praying. He told her to look down without talking, because he didn’t want any noise. I couldn't take it; I was about to kill myself honestly. Like it just made me really mad," said 10-year-old Daniel.
The family says the suspects were African American men in their 20’s. They were wearing bandanas over their face and dark hoodies.
They’re hoping San Bernardino Sheriff Deputies find the suspects and arrest them, so safety can be restored in their neighborhood.
“These are scary people. This is people who needs to be behind bars,” Hafez stated.
The family says after the men left with a pillowcase full of jewelry and cash they ran into a dirt area across the street.
If you have any information you are urged to contact the sheriff’s office.