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Posted: 7:38 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013
ROCK HILL, S.C. —
Police are searching for a man who held up a family in Rock Hill while wearing a panda mask. Eyewitness News spoke with the victims, who said they're happy to be alive. Jackie Hamilton thought someone was stealing her 4x4 from her back yard, but the masked man did not stop there. "When I saw the mask and the gun, I slammed the door, and then he kicked the door in behind me," said Hamilton. He followed her into the children's bedroom where four girls started screaming.
Hamilton told her kids to call 911, but that turned out to be a dangerous move. Her 13-year-old's phone lit up. "He was pointing the gun at me so I didn't know what to do," said Makayla Roberts. Roberts thought she was going to die. "I told my mom, 'If I die, I really love you,'" said Roberts. But then the man, who had demanded money, said he was going to steal the family's laptop, and then made a visible mistake. "That is when he started doing this and the bullet fell on the pillow right there and that is when he ran," said Hamilton. The man left without taking anything. The girls said that the bullet was not the right kind for his shotgun and they believe that it may have saved their lives. "The lord was with us," said Hamilton. The Rock Hill family hopes that police catch that intruder.
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