EAGLE CREEK, Ore. - An Oregon family is sharing its incredible story of survival after being tied up and beaten during a home invasion robbery. The family estimates they lost more than $10,000 in cash and valuables. Now, police are looking for the thieves.
KOIN-TV spent the morning with Charles Gardner, an 82-year-old antique collector. He walked us through his home and recounted every terrifying moments of a home invasion robbery.
"I thought it was all over," he said.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says four men broke into the home, armed with guns and wearing masks and all black.
"I heard some yelling and then I heard some policia policia policia and some bright lights were on me," said Charles.
He says he was sleeping when the men broke in, roughed up his daughter and her two boys.
"They had the guns to their heads," he said.
The entire family was forced onto the ground.
"I was zipped tied, I thought we were going to get shot," said
Four men tore apart the family's home.
"They stripped that drawer. That thing had thousands of dollars in coins in it," said Charles.
Grabbing everything from cash, coins, guns, jewelry and rare stamps. In the middle of so much chaos, Charles says he came up with a plan to save his family's lives.
"I was starting to scream them at them and tell them I was having a heart attack," said Charles.
Despite what the family went through, no one needed to go to the hospital.