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Robbers Posing as Electricians Still At Large

COLUMBUS (Kate Liebers/Adam Aaro) -- A man posing as an electrician and his accomplice reportedly robbed and injured a mother at gunpoint -- and police have asked the public to help locate the suspects.

The incident took place around 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the 2300 block of Gantz Road in Franklin Township while a  woman and her five children were home, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office reported.

The suspect was wearing an orange workers vest and holding a red folder when he approached the home, according to FCSO.

The man said he was with the electric company and needed to check the furnace. When the victim asked more questions, eventually attempting to close the door, the suspect allegedly forced the door open and displayed a small handgun, FCSO reported.

The man then allegedly shoved the victim to the couch and another man, also holding what appeared to be a handgun, entered the house. They told the woman to gather her children and go into the bedroom.

"He told the kids that if I didn't give him money that he was going to shoot me in front of them," the woman, who asked we not reveal her identity, told us

"I pleaded with him and begged him to let me and my kids live and he said they would think about it," she said. 

The woman picked up her two-year-old child and attempted to grab her cell phone when one of the suspects struck her in the neck with the gun, causing minor injury, FSCO reported.

"He kept holding the gun to my head telling me to shut my kids up to make them quit crying," the woman told us. 

The suspects took several items from the home and fled. After their departure, the victim called 911 from a neighbors home. The children were unharmed, according to the FSCO.

The woman said the man who allegedly knocked down the door was wearing black pants, a cream shirt and an orange vest with an unreadable name tag.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the FCSO Detective Bureau at 614-525-3351.

Sheriff Zach Scott advised residents to always contact their utility company before letting a worker into their home, to verify that the person is there for a legitimate reason.
 
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