A pregnant woman was recovering Wednesday night after thieves pushed their way into her west Charlotte home, sexually assaulted her and beat up her husband before robbing them.
It was just after dark Tuesday when the victim, who is six months pregnant, stepped outside of home on Marlowe Avenue.
She walked to the car to greet her husband and said three men immediately attacked them.
"Two gentlemen took me in the house and the other one stayed outside with my husband," said the victim.
She was so shaken up she asked Eyewitness News not to show her face on camera or use her name.
She said the men hit her with a gun in her stomach, even though she was visibly pregnant, then fondled her.
"I thought I wasn't coming out. I thought I was not going to see my unborn child or be able to see my husband again," she said.
During the attack she said she heard the other man hitting and kicking her husband outside.
The two men inside stole a television, money, cellphones and loaded her things into a car before speeding away.
She said Wednesday she had to get checked out and learned her baby was OK.
Neighbors were saddened by the news, but some said crime has increased in the area. Eyewitness News did some checking and found there have been 16 residential burglaries and armed robberies in the area this year -- a slight increase from 2011.
Police said they couldn't give a specific description of the suspects.