Hispanic day-laborers were the target of a Wednesday night home invasion in Columbus.
A 33-year-old man told officers summoned to his home in the 700 block of 44th Street – just south of the Manchester Expressway and west of River Road – that he was in his living room watching TV at 11:35 p.m. when he heard a loud noise from his kitchen.
When he got up to check it out, he was confronted by two men in matching outfits who pointed handguns and ordered him to lie on the floor.
“Where is your money?” one of the gunmen asked, before ordering the resident to take them to a room where he kept his wallet. From that they got $6, then took the man’s 32-inch television valued at about $290. The robbers then went through the house, one kicking open a bedroom door.
Then two more Hispanic men, ages 27 and 29, came in the home’s north front door, and the robbers also ordered them to lie down. From the 29-year-old one took a cell phone, also valued at $290.
During the invasion, the 27-year-old and the 29-year-old each were hit on the head with a handgun. The 29-year-old had a bump from the blow, but the other showed no sign of injury, police said. Both refused treatment.
The kitchen door through which the invaders entered was on the home’s south side, officers said.
Each robber wore black pants, shirt and shoes, with a white scarf around his face. Both were described as black and in their 20s. One was about 6 feet tall and weighed about 200 pounds; the other was 6 feet tall and weighed about 190, police said.