ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police are investigating a home invasion in the southeast part of town. They say an older couple in an upscale neighborhood was tied up and beaten by a group of robbers in their home near Central and Juan Tabo Thursday morning.
“At one point, the wife said ‘I thought my husband was dead,'” said Juan Tabo Hills Neighborhood Association Vice President Mehreen Naqvi-Sherazee.
Naqvi-Sherazee said the elderly couple is terrified.
“They were upstairs. They heard somebody come in. They expected it to be a family member,” said Naqvi-Sherazee.
Albuquerque police said three skinny, tall men wearing sunglasses, hats and carrying backpacks broke into the couple’s home around nine Thursday morning.
Police said the suspects tied the couple up with zip ties, ransacked their home and beat the male victim.
They said at least one of the suspects was armed.
“The male victim, the elderly male subject was struck numerous times in the head with the firearm, so he was pistol whipped by these guys as well,” said Albuquerque Police Officer Tanner Tixier.
“They bruised his ribs. They hit him behind the head,” said Naqvi-Sherazee.
Naqvi-Sherazee spent time with the victims after the home invasion.
“Mostly, I just cried with the lady. It was just, just awful,” she said.
She said the couple, who is in their 70’s, told her the robbers threatened them while they destroyed their home.
At one point, she said the crooks told the pair if they looked them in the eyes they would shoot them.
It’s a memory Naqvi-Sherazee said will be hard to shake.
“That’s something that is going to stay with them for awhile,” she said. “He kept saying ‘I keep seeing the gun, I keep seeing the gun.'”
Naqvi-Sherazee said the couple is recovering and praying something like this doesn’t happen to anyone else.
“I mean what cowards. They are just old people doing their thing, retired; tthey are just minding their own business. I mean how dare you do that,” she said.
APD said the suspects were in the home for about 20 minutes.
Once they left, they say the victims were able to untie themselves and call 911.
The retired couple has lived at the home for about eight years.
APD says it is not sure if this was a random attack or not.