HOME INVASION: Victims Recognize Masked Gunmen

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Des Moines police are looking for four suspects who broke into an east side home and robbed the homeowner and his son at gunpoint.

“The shooter said, ‘we’re going to shoot you.’ And I thought that was it. I thought that was going to be it.”

62-year old Robert Combs thought he and his 15-year old son were going to die. Four masked men armed with a shotgun and a pistol broke into their home early Friday morning.

Combs was sleeping and heard them shouting.

“Then I went to get all the way up and the guy seen me, ran into the bedroom and he swung at me with a shotgun and he missed and then I went to get back up and I tripped and he held the shotgun up to my head,” Combs recalls. “I told him, I said, 'don’t shoot my son. If you have to, you know, shoot me because I’ve lived my life.'”

Combs’ son, was tackled and pistol whipped by one of the gunmen, "The one hit him with the pistol and the other one had a bag and the other one said, ‘get all the valuables, get all the money, get everything. And if he moves, shoot him.’"

That's when Combs’ son pulled back the mask of one of the thieves and recognized him.  Combs saw him too.

"I don't know his name but I’ve seen him before.  And they more or less got scared I think because they knew that we had seen them. But then I thought, okay we seen them, now what are they going to do?  Are they going to shoot us because we know who they are?"

Instead, the four ran off with some video games and about $200 in cash.

Because the Combs’ were able to identify their attackers, police expect to make an arrest soon. The culprits will face a felony burglary charge.


    • Paul Crawford

      Locked or unlocked, opening or breaking down a closed door is still a “burglary” under the law. Love the media…

  • Katie

    I live in south DSM. 2.5 weeks ago, I was robbed of a .22 pistol and a rifle loaded with Home defense ammunition. They also stole over $800 and video games as well as many other trivial items and threw my roommates fathers ashes against a wall. In my opinion, these are than likely the same people. Ignorant kids. Probably why the kid recognized a face. It’s also very frustrating hearing all sorts if different accounts. Do they even know a name?

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