In the early hours of Monday morning, Natalia Alcantara awoke to an urban nightmare.
Two intruders had pried open the door to her Miami home, grabbed a knife from the kitchen and began threatening Alcantara and her husband, Maynor Martinez. They also had a gun and, while demanding cash and electronics, pointed the weapon at the couple’s 2-month-old daughter and 18-month-old son.
“As a mother, I just wanted to defend my children,” a terrified Alcantara told CBS News. “I didn’t move at all so they wouldn’t threaten the kids.”
But the intruders were far from ordinary. According to Alcantara, they were women in their late 30s or early 40s. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, females are involved in home invasions less than one percent of the time – and the majority of those women are in their 20s.
Regardless of the age and gender of the intruders, however, Alcantara believed that her family was in grave danger.
“I was scared because they were going to do something,” she said. “I thought they were going to shoot my kids. I told them to please be calm for the babies, but they didn’t care.”
In the end, the intruders got away with $300 in cash and two cell phones – but they left a traumatized family behind. Alcantara and Martinez say that they won’t sleep well until the two women are caught.
Anyone with information on the case is urged to call Miami Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.