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Framingham police say family bound, robbed at gunpoint possibly targeted

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  September 16, 2013 04:32 PM

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Framingham police suspect that the family of five who were zip-tied and robbed at gunpoint by a half-dozen men in their Beacon Street home Sunday night were "possibly targeted" by the attackers.

Framingham police Lt. Ron Brandolini said Monday afternoon that he could not say what led police to believe there was a connection, or if the suspects were known to the victims, citing an ongoing investigation.

"I don't have the answers at this time," Brandolini said.

Police said Sunday that the armed men bound the family's mother and her three young children while the father was forced to open the family's safe and hand over an unknown amount of cash. However, Brandolini noted Monday that the two youngest kids were not actually tied up.

He said that the youngest child was 5 years old, but did not know the ages of the other two kids.

"They touched the gun on my head, and they touched the gun on my son's head," the family's mother said in an interview with WCVB on Monday. "They put us on the floor. They tied my arms, my feet."

The mother of three said after the doorbell rang just before 9 p.m., her son went to answer it and found the assailants waiting. "They pushed him back, he fell, and they just ran inside," she said.

The family’s landlord, who asked not to be identified, said he spoke with his tenants Sunday night. Everyone, including the children, who range from elementary school to high school, were shaken up, he said, but were grateful to have escaped unharmed. The landlord said his tenants noted that the suspects spoke both Spanish and English during the robbery.

Brandolini said police do not have further descriptions of the suspects, and are still searching for the perpetrators.

Anyone with information is urged to call Framingham police at 508-532-5923.(CQ)

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