The Spartanburg Public Safety Department is investigating a home invasion after they said a mother and daughter were held at gunpoint.
Police said it happened at 328 Marion Ave. in Spartanburg on Saturday. Authorities said the robber was looking for money, and he got away with more than $1,000 in cash. Police have not been able to identify who the man is.
The alleged robbery took place early Saturday at a residence where the mother and daughter live together. The 44-year-old mother and her 19-year-old daughter live in a home in an otherwise quiet neighborhood. They told authorities an ordinary Saturday turned to horror when a man pulled a gun.
The daughter said she had pulled into the driveway of her home after work Saturday around 4:30 a.m., and said after she got out of her car to go inside a man with a gun grabbed her and ordered into the house.
"A male approached her with a gun, asked for the money and walked her into the house," said Captain Regina Nowak of Spartanburg Public Safety. "He knew there was money in the house and told her to order her mom downstairs."
The victims said the man then held the two at gunpoint and demanded money. They eventually handed over a BB&T red bank bag with $1,200 cash. Authorities said the women had the money because it was from a business one of the two is associated with. They said the man then demanded jewelry and threatened to shoot, but eventually took off with the bag. Authorities said he's still on the run and the victims were not injured.
The victims told authorities they were not familiar with the man. The victims said the man told them he'd been watching them and he knew they had money.
Officers said the case appears to be isolated incident, but it has shaken up some of the victim's neighbors.
"I feel very sorry for them and I'm sure they're petrified, I would be if someone pointed a gun at me," said neighbor Theron Moore.
At this point, police said other houses in the area don't appear to be at risk.
"Do I think this is a direct threat to anyone else? No," Nowak said. "Based on the comments he made to the victims, he specifically targeted them and knew they did have money."
The officers at Spartanburg Public Safety continue to search for the alleged robber.
The victims said the man was black, about 25 years old, weighed about 160 pounds and was 5'9". They said he had gold teeth.
Those with any information are encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.
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