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Seven Terrorized Inside Dallas House

At one point, rifle was pointed at the head of 19-year-old



    A Dallas family of seven is terrified by masked robbers. At one point, a 19-year-old victim faced the end of an AK-47. (Published Sunday, March 17, 2013)

    Seven people in a Dallas home were shaken up after a terrifying home invasion had a teenaged girl staring at an AK-47 pointed at her head.

    Dallas police said three men forced their way inside a home on Reynolds Avenue around 1 a.m. Saturday.

    One family member, 19-year-old Maria Herrera, hid her two brothers under the covers as the intruders made their way room to room.

    When she thought they had left, she popped her head up from under the blanket only to be faced with an AK-47, according to police.

    "The gun was probably three inches away from my head, that's how close it was," she said.

    Herrera said her mind went blank and she kept thinking about her young siblings, ages two and eight.

    "They just came in," Maria Herrera said about the intruders. "And when my dad got here, like, right here by the couch, they were like, 'Get down, get down.' They were pointing at him."

    Police said one of the suspects hit Herrera's father with the back of the gun and yanked a gold chain off his neck. Herrera's mother hid inside a bathtub.

    Police reports said the intruders left with purses, money and a car. They also robbed the family of their sense of security.

    Herrera said she has a hard time sleeping after the incident.

    "I would hear noises and get paranoid, thinking, 'What if they come back?' They know we called the cops. They know the cops were here," Maria Herrera said.
    Dallas police said they do not have descriptions of those involved and have not yet found the vehicle. If you have any information about this case, please call the Dallas Police Department.

    NBC 5's Ray Villeda contributed to an earlier version of this report.