$10,000 Cash Reward Offered to Solve Bell Rd. Home Invasion in Montgomery

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By Heather VacLav

A $10,000 dollar reward is being offered to solve a home invasion on Bell Road in Montgomery, after a family was robbed at gunpoint Friday night.

Neighbors tell us the home invasion lasted for nearly four hours. They say the gummen held a total of 11 victims hostage, including the homeowners' children and young grandchildren.

Montgomery Police are relying on this cash reward to lead to an arrest.

"Somebody that's a neighbor to any victim like this, cant believe that, 'Hey, my next door neighbor had this happened to them', it's just hard to believe," said Keith Newell, a nearby neighbor to the victims.

Newell says the Bell Road neighborhood in East Montgomery is shaken up, but standing united to support the victims.

Scott Talkington, who also lives near the victims, said the home invasion happened right after the owners got off of work.

"Apparently the suspects had targeted them and were waiting for them when they arrived home," Talkington said.

Newell said the homeowner retold the traumatic experience at a neighborhood association meeting Tuesday. The homeowner told the group the terror lasted about 3 1/2 hours.
 
"[He told us they were] held at gun point, sheets over their heads, tied up and beaten," Newell said, "You couldn't imagine the mental torture they were going through at the time."
 
Police say they are searching for more than one suspect, but no one has been arrested, yet. To help the process, the neighborhood and city are combined offering a $10,000 reward. Wednesday, District Attorney Ellen Brooks requested Governor Bentley add an extra $5,000 to the total.
 
Brooks says the money will bring attention to the problem.
 
"We need to stop it before it escalates," Brooks said. "Somebody will be killed if we dont, somebody else will be victimized and Heaven forbid we have copy cats out there."
 
This isn't the first time for a violent home invasion on Bell Road. Last September, Representative Jay Love's mother-in-law and her housekeeper were pistol-whipped in a robbery.
 
Police believe the two targeted break-ins could be linked.
 
Police Chief Kevin Murphy said these break-ins are linking the community and city together. "We're coming after the bad guys," he said.
 
If you have any information about the home invasion, call one of the following numbers:
 
Cash Reward:
Montgomery Police Department: 334-625-2831
Montgomery County District Attorney's Office: 334-832-2550
 
Remain Anonymous:
Secret Witness Line: 334-262-4000
Crime Stoppers: 334-215-STOP (7867)

 

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