NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police are investigating after a family of four were held hostage during a home invasion in North Nashville early Friday morning.
Police said at around 5 a.m. at least four men kicked in the back door of a home on Whites Creek Pike.
According to police, the suspects were armed with guns, flashlights and bandanas, and reportedly told the family they were police.
“Instead of seeing the kids, seeing these two adults and leaving, they continued to traumatize the family,” said police spokesman Don Aaron.
Officers said the men ripped through the home and kicked in the walls looking for money and drugs.
Neighbors told News 2 the family has only lived at the home for a few weeks and detectives believe the suspects may have been targeting the people who lived there previously.
According to one neighbor, the home was also shot up earlier this week. Police records indicate someone reported shots being fired around 1:30 a.m. on the Fourth of July.
“We don’t have any indication that this family was involved in anything that would generate this type of crime,” Aaron said.
So far this year, the city’s crime map shows 59 crimes within a half mile of the Whites Creek Pike home.
“It is happening everywhere. Our lives are not safe anywhere,” nearby resident Charlie Buchanan said.
“It just makes you watch the people that you hang around, the people that you invite into your home, just always stay guarded,” another neighbor added.
Police said the gunmen were in the home for about 30 minutes and got away with less than $100 worth of belongings.
If you have any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.