by: Aaron Diamant Updated:
ATLANTA - Police are searching for two men who traumatized twin toddlers and their nanny in a home invasion in northwest Atlanta.
Kathy King showed Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant the basement door where police think the armed robbers broke into her home on Dupont Commons Circle while she was at work Wednesday.
“I’m angry. I’m extremely angry,” King said late Thursday afternoon.
King said the intruders tied the nanny to a chair with duct tape and left her 11-month-old boys, Connor and Pierce, in their highchairs as they trashed the house looking for cash.
“If one of these idiots, for lack of a better word to call them, had decided to just start firing their gun, one of my boys could have been hit,” King said. “I could be standing here today not the mother of twins anymore.”
The boys’ grandmother, Betty King, described the chaotic scene, while the nanny, a former police officer, kept her cool.
“She said, ‘Do anything to me you want to, but please don’t hurt these babies. Please don’t hurt these babies,’” Betty King said.
After grabbing two computers and a pile of change, the attackers made an unexpected move before taking off.
“They had at least enough compassion for the fact that there were two little boys sitting there, they loosened the tape on her before they left so that she could actually be able to free herself and care for the children,” Kathy King explained.
The family said the twins are alright, but still shaken up by the ordeal.
“The boys are stressed out. Somebody has to be with them or holding them constantly,” Betty King said.
Meanwhile, the attack is bringing this close-knit community even closer.
“All we can be is vigilant and stick together and hopefully, the burglars will know that this is not a neighborhood that they can mess with,” said neighbor Collette Ruff.
The twins’ mother said the attackers left behind plenty of fingerprints, which she hopes will help police track them down. Until then, the neighborhood association is urging its members to lock their doors and set their alarms even during the day.