Police issue warning after children attacked in home invasion, fear a new trend

The rise in violent crime has all Americans on edge, but one particularly heinous attack has police and experts sounding alarm bells.

Aurora Police Department issued a release following the disturbing attack of a 6-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl in their own Colorado home. The perpetrators, dressed up in bright orange vests and carrying a box, waited for the children to open the door to accept a phony “delivery.”

Unfortunately, the parents weren’t home at the time of the attack and according to authorities, the teen daughter was touched inappropriately during the robbery. It is also reported that one of the suspects was brandishing a firearm while two accomplices helped ransack the home.

While there was a babysitter in the home at the time, they were shoved to the ground along with the young boy. The parents were alerted to the incident by their Ring camera, and called the police. The attack lasted about one minute, but the thieves were able to make off with jewelry and money.

Police have long warned about the danger of opening doors to strangers, especially as the number of home invasions seems to rise across the country. Last year, an attempted burglar was shot dead after posing as a DoorDash driver.

According to Fox59, 18-year-old Grayson Rhue was killed during the attempted home invasion in Noblesville, Indiana. His alleged accomplice, Ruai Ngundeng Pal, managed to escape but was later arrested in Franklin, Tennessee and charged with murder, burglary with a deadly weapon and armed robbery, all felonies.

Retired NYPD Sgt. Joseph Giacalone called the deception “an old crime with a new twist.”

“These guys are always looking for a new way to get into your house, and I’m sure police are very worried about whether this is a growing pattern,” he continued.

To prevent yourself from falling victim to such attacks, Giacalone says to verify the identity of the person before ever opening the door.

“If someone knocks on the door saying you need to sign for a package request to see their ID, whether through a window, a peephole or a door camera.”

He also suggests glancing out the window to see if there are any official delivery or utility vehicles parked in the area.

Sierra Marlee

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