Homeowner ‘terrified’ after 17 people robbed at gunpoint inside Richmond party

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — One of the victim’s from this weekend’s armed robbery where 17 people attending a house party in Richmond were robbed at gunpoint is speaking out exclusively with 8News.

Friends had gathered at the home at roughly 2 a.m. Saturday night when things took a horrifying turn.

8News Reporter Parker Slaybaugh spoke exclusively with the man who lives at the home. He did not want us revealing his identity, but he tells us he thought he was going to die when three men barged into his home demanding everyone hand over their personal belongings.

“All 3 of them came in with like AK-47s and told everybody to get on the floor and they took everybody’s money, cell phone, car keys … ” he said.

The suspects grabbed everything they could before running out of the house, leaving all 17 people inside shaken.

“They thought the guys were going to kill them after they took everything,” the homeowner said.

8C0D3A7AF2B7463DBE9AF094EBD1ABB1Police responded and saw two armed males wearing all black running from the scene. They were able to arrest one of the suspects, 26-year-old William Rochester III. The other two suspects got away.

The man who lives at the home has a young daughter who spends the summer months with him. Thankfully she was not home during Saturday’s incident, and he says he will never bring her to his home again.

“Now I am just terrified for my daughter to even come back up here for the summer, now I am searching for somewhere else to live because it’s not safe around here for anybody,” he said.

Other neighbors also on edge, anxious for authorities to catch the other suspects.

“You got kids around here who want to play, this is a good neighborhood because everybody speaks to everybody, now I don’t even feel safe no more,” said Maurice Jones, a neighbor nearby.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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