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Elderly couple victims of east Louisville armed home invasion

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Detective Don Wright Detective Don Wright
Detectives said they are talking to neighbors and witnesses who were walking in the neighborhood when the men took off in the stolen car. Detectives said they are talking to neighbors and witnesses who were walking in the neighborhood when the men took off in the stolen car.
George Roberts George Roberts
Despite quick reaction from LMPD, two seniors living on Shenandoah were victims of an armed home invasion. Despite quick reaction from LMPD, two seniors living on Shenandoah were victims of an armed home invasion.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An elderly couple was forced down on the floor at gunpoint in their own east Louisville home.

Louisville Metro police are looking for two gunman who stole the couple's car after the violent home invasion that took place on Shenandoah Drive off Chamberlain Lane Tuesday.

"I'm really surprised," said neighbor George Roberts.

Many people, like Roberts, were just getting home from work Tuesday night when they heard the news in their Bay Colony neighborhood.

"Usually nothing ever happens here," Roberts explained, "And the police respond here within three to five minutes."

Despite quick reaction from LMPD, two seniors living on Shenandoah were victims of an armed home invasion, and it happened on a high traffic east Louisville street at 11 in the morning.

"It's a traumatic experience for anybody when someone enters your home with any type of weapon much less a handgun," said LMPD 8th Division Detective Don Wright.

The husband and wife, 78 and 76-years-old respectively, were shaken up, but not hurt. They said when it happened they had just gotten home from the grocery store. The husband said he "came back out to get the mail and that's when two black males with guns forced their way into the front door and screamed at the couple to get down on the floor."

As the husband and wife were face down and being threatened, the house was ransacked. LMPD investigators said the men took many valuables from the home including jewelry and electronics before going for the biggest ticket item.

"They also obtained the car keys that belonged to the victims," Detective Wright said, "And they loaded the same property up into the car while the victims were again held hostage in their own home and these individuals were able to hop in the victims car and drive away."

The car is a 2008 silver Chevy Malibu with the license plate number: 820-JJN.

Roberts guessed, "It must have been a crime of opportunity because if anybody had parked there very long, somebody would have spotted them."

Detectives said they are talking to neighbors and witnesses who were walking in the neighborhood when the men took off in the stolen car. 

People living just a few streets over called police after an attempted break-in just before the home invasion. They said police told them the two crimes may be related.

The neighborhood association president said he'll call a special meeting in the next couple of weeks to discuss the situation.

If you've seen the car or have any information on this crime, call the LMPD tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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