BAKER, La. (WAFB) - Officials are asking for the public’s help identifying and locating a masked gunman in an apparent home invasion.
According to the Baker Police Department, the incident happened around 5 a.m. on Aug. 31.
“I’m not afraid to go to work. I’m afraid to come out this door in the morning,” said Gwendolyn McCoy.
In a video, a masked gunman can be seen under the carport of a house with a gun aimed at McCoy, who’s yelling off-camera.
Police say the armed suspect fled the scene once the home’s alarm system was activated.
The scary video was caught on McCoy’s Ring doorbell camera Monday morning as she was about to get into her car to head to work.
“He said, ’Put your hands up!’ So both my hands went up. My bags went on the floor. Then he said, ’Open your house, open your house back up,’” said McCoy, the victim.
McCoy says her hands were shaking. She was afraid, but was finally able to get back inside her home when her alarm went off.
“Then the alarm was blaring, so he said, he’s still pointing the gun at me, ’Cut the alarm off, cut the alarm off.’ So I couldn’t do it, so he ran out, and I slammed the door and locked it,” said McCoy.
“Nothing was stolen, nobody was harmed, thank God nobody was harmed. It’s just a scary situation,” said Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn.
Chief Dunn says the suspect had to be waiting for the woman to come out. Dunn says he lives just blocks away from where it happened.
“My family’s here. My wife leaves right at daylight also for work, so we just all have to be careful, be vigilant when it comes to knowing our surroundings,” said Chief Dunn.
Police are unsure of a motive at this time, but Dunn says he will increase patrols in the neighborhood. Meanwhile, neighbors are on edge knowing this happened right up the street from them.
“Too close for comfort. He could’ve took the lady’s life,” said one neighbor.
“He could have. Thank God. Thank God for the alarm,” said another woman.
“Thank God her Ring doorbell went off because who knows what would’ve happened to her. It gives me chills,” said another neighbor.
After McCoy’s security system company heard about the ordeal, technicians installed more cameras around her home on Monday free of charge.
“And that’s what got on my nerves, you know, 72-year-old woman living here, and you know, here comes this young person with a gun pointing it at an old lady. God protects me all the time and I thank Him for it,” said McCoy.
Chief Dunn warns everyone to be aware of their surroundings, especially if you leave for work early in the morning. Make sure you get straight into your car and don’t try to carry too many belongings at once.
If you have any information that may help detectives, call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867 (STOP) or the Baker Police Department at 225-775-6000.
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