Surrey home invaders threatened to kill kids if demands not met, mother says
CTV British Columbia
Published Thursday, January 30, 2014 7:38AM PST
Last Updated Thursday, January 30, 2014 6:23PM PST
Two suspects in a home-invasion style robbery in Surrey tied up two women and threatened to kill the four children at the house if they didn’t meet the robbers’ demands, one of the women who lives in the home tells CTV News.
Balbir Sundher said two men described as South Asian burst through the door, pushing one of her relatives out of the way before tying up her and another woman in the house at the time.
Sundher said she wasn’t in the house during the incident, but three small children were.
“They told my daughter ‘I’m your daddy’s friend. Your dad made money, you show us where is safe,’” she said. “They said ‘If you don’t show us, I will kill you.’ They showed a knife to my kids, they’re only seven-and-a-half years old.”
She said the robbers took two safes full of cash, gold jewelry and passports. The men also claimed to have a gun, Sundher said, but it was never shown to those in the house.
The incident was interrupted when the children’s father came home.
He got into a physical altercation with the suspects, resulting in him being attacked and receiving a swollen jaw. He was later taken to hospital. Nobody else was injured.
Investigators believe the incident was targeted and said they are trying to gain cooperation from the homeowner to find out who was responsible for the invasion.
Sundher said she has no idea why thieves would target her home, and that the family doesn’t have any gang or drug connections.
A woman who lives in the basement suite of the home said her husband was home when the robbery took place.
“There were two men who came and they locked the door,” said Tasleem Patel. “So one of the ladies, she opened the door and they knocked her [away] and they just entered the house and they strapped their hands.”
Patel said she’s terrified that thieves would involve children in the incident.
“I was so worried what had happened there because I have two kids too,” she said.
According to Sundher, she and her nephew’s families live in the upstairs suite together and each have a set of twins, two 7 year olds and two 1 year olds.
A Victim Services Unit is in contact with the family.
RCMP believe the suspects took off in what appeared to be a black Honda Civic.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.