Mother, 4 Kids Held at Knifepoint During Home Invasion

No one was injured

Three men held a mother and four children at knifepoint and fired a gun during a home invasion in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Sunday night, according to police.

Worcester police have arrested Alex Pleas, 24, of West Mountain Street; Tyrell Dudley, 27, of Murray Avenue; and Anthony Gomes, 28, of Main Street, in connection with the case.

Police said the 27-year-old woman was home with her four children at an apartment on Tower Street when three men broke in through a back door, two of them armed with handguns. Police were called to the scene around 11:50 p.m. Sunday.

A 28-year-old man also lives at the apartment but was not home at the time.

Police said one of the intruders demanded money and other valuables, while the other two men ransacked the apartment. The perpetrators brought the woman and her children to the kitchen and brandished a knife while continuing to make threats and demand money.

One fired a gun while the trio rummaged through the apartment, according to police. The men then fled. Police said no one was hurt.

Police said the investigation led them to execute a search warrant around 6:30 a.m. Monday at Classic Suites and Inn at 181 West Boylston Street in West Boylston, Massachusetts. They arrested three suspects.

Pleas, Dudley and Gomes have all been charged with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, home invasion and possession of firearm or ammunition without an firearm identification card.

Court and bail information was not immediately available. It's not clear if any of the suspects have hired attorneys who could comment on their behalf.

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