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Children unharmed following Festus home invasion, armed robbery

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Kimberly Minard, right, and her boyfriend, Jonathan Basler speak about being robbed. (Credit: KMOV) Kimberly Minard, right, and her boyfriend, Jonathan Basler speak about being robbed. (Credit: KMOV)
Festus home invaded by 2 men with children inside (Credit: KMOV) Festus home invaded by 2 men with children inside (Credit: KMOV)

FESTUS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Three children under the age of 10 were inside a Festus home during a home invasion and armed robbery Wednesday night.

The adult victims, a 34-year-old man, 28-year-old woman and a 27-year-old woman, told police two suspects wearing masks and armed with handguns forced their way through the front door of the home in the 1300 block of Hillsboro Road and demanded money around 7 p.m. The children, ages 7, 6 and 3, were also home at the time of the robbery, police said.

"The people came here and wanted something," says Kimberly Minard. 

Wednesday night, Minard says she was home with her boyfriend and a friend, along with three young children, including her daughter. Suddenly, they say they heard a noise outside the front door. Not realizing how serious the situation was, she opened the door. 

"There was a guy with no mask on and a guy with a ski mask on. We figured it was a friend and it's cold, this could be normal," says Jonathan Basler, Minard's boyfriend. 

Basler says that is when the two suspects forced their way in. 

"The one assailant fired off a round right in front of me it ended up going through my TV table, through the fllor, off the floor in the basement bounced into a Christmas tote and it was only three, four, five feet away from where the children where," he says. 

The adults were at the mercy of the suspects. Thieves got away with $160 dollars in cash, cell phones and a computer. 

"It is just a miracle nobody got hurt when you have that type of situation because they are going to be amped up whoever is doing the robbery and you wonder are they going to try to impress somebody do they have a vendetta are they going to try and do something worse," says Festus Police Chief Timothy Lewis. 

A Jefferson County K-9 officer was able to track the suspects a short distance before losing the scent.

Nobody was injured during the incident, according to police.

Anyone with information regarding the crime should call the Festus Police Department at 636-937-3646.

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