Police looking for suspects in Hickory home invasion
HICKORY, N.C. —
Family members said their mother has stitches in her head after being knocked to the floor.
They said she was wrapping Christmas presents when she heard the doorbell and went to answer it.
"She unlocked and opened the door," said Michele Kirby.
Kirby showed Eyewitness News where her mother was attacked inside the foyer of her northeast Hickory home on Sunday evening.
Kirby said her mother thought it was her grandson who rang the doorbell, so she answered it.
Instead, three men wearing bandanas forced their way in, shoving her to the floor, and you could see where her head hit the wall.
"A child of God would not do this, and to see my mother the way she was when we finally got into the hospital and to see her was just unbelievable," said Kirby.
Family members said the thieves stole jewelry, a laptop computer and credit cards after ransacking the home.
Police said after they left, Doris Lutz stumbled to get help by getting into her car and using her horn to alert neighbors.
"Somebody is going to be with her at all times right now because she is afraid for her life," said Kirby.
Lutz's three daughters are taking turns staying with her while also having a security system put in the home.
They are offering a reward, hoping the people responsible are caught and no one else is hurt.
"I hope they pay for the punishment they did to my mom. My mom is terrified. We've lived here all our lives, never been through something like this. She is having nightmares over this," said Larissa Kirby.
Family members said that reward is $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the attackers.