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Home invasion causing fear in Michiana neighborhood

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After getting held up, having a gun pointed at their children, and shots fired all inside their own home one family wants out of Michiana.

"Somebody knocked on my back door and I said 'Who is it?' and they said Aaron," said Esmerelda Savilla, a South Bend resident.

When Savilla answered her door, at the 1200-block of Lincoln Way West, late Wednesday night she expected to see a friend of hers. Instead she says she was greeted by three strangers wearing masks and holding guns.

"They got me on the floor and pointed the gun," said Savilla. "They went into my living room and they pistol whipped my husband and took all our money."

She says the thieves also fired two shots and pointed the guns at her children before they ran away. By the time police arrived the emotional damage was done and the suspects were gone.
Thankfully no one was injured.

"I thank god because my kids are everything to me and if something were to happen to them I don't know what I would've done," said an emotional Savilla.

The neighborhood the Savillas live in looks the same as it did the night before this all happened, but emotionally it's been shaken. Neighbors say they now fear for their safety, knowing it could have just as easily been their home broken into.

"I have a daughter here and there are other children on the block," said Denise Chavous, neighbor. "It just bothers me that people would just take it upon themselves to invade another person's privacy."

Some neighbors are considering getting security systems, but one woman said she does not know if that would make a difference. She thinks if someone wants to break into your house they will try regardless of what security you have. Either way these neighbors say the feel uneasy after what transpired.

Savilla says police told her the suspects might be arrested soon, but for her that will not fix things entirely. She knows her family will not be able to sleep the same again in their home, so they have decided to move to Florida.

"You get traumatized," said Savilla. "You know it's crazy how people could just come in your house. We're working hard people and they just come and take our money you know."

Savilla added the thieves also stole her cell phone too, but police found it on the side of the road not too far from her house and returned it.

Police told FOX28 early Thursday they do have a good lead for the suspects.

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