UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – There were some terrifying moments for a local grandmother when a pair of armed robbers barged through her front door, held her at gunpoint and then hogtied her in her own home.
It happened last Friday in University Place, and detectives need your help to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Mable Miller, 72, had poked her head outside the front door just for a moment and that’s when the robbers barged in.
For a terrifying hour and a half, two strangers searching for drug money terrorized Miller.
“He had the gun, he said, 'Ma'am, where is the dope money?'” said Miller, “I said, you in the wrong house, son!’”
Miller is still shaken up. She said the violent robbers pushed her and even hit her in the head with a gun while they tore apart her Pierce County home. But one seemed nicer than the other.
“He said, ‘I have a grandmother just like you,'” said Miller. “I’m not going to let him hurt you.”
The crooks dragged her from room to room until they found a safe in a closet, which was bolted to the floor, but they managed to kick it free. That’s when the gunmen forced her to the ground and hogtied her using a telephone cord.
“I said, Lord, is it my time to come to you?” said Miller. “In my mind I was ready to meet God.”
The crooks kicked their way through another door, and then ran out of the garage – that’s when Miller worked herself free and called police.
Miller said both of her attackers were a black men, between 20 and 25 years of age, and somewhere between 6-foot and 6-foot-4.
One man wore a black mask, but other wasn’t wearing anything over his face. Miller said he had pockmarks on his cheeks.
Miller beefed up her home security and she now hopes someone will turn the violent robbers in to police.
“Felt real violated, that’s what I felt,” she said.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 leading to the arrest and charges filed against the attackers.
Callers can remain anonymous. Call 1-800-222-TIPS.