A Kansas City family had a terrifying first night in their new home. Four gunmen stormed the house while the family's three children were inside.
One of the robbers fired at shot at the resident's head with his baby lying on a nearby sofa, according to a Kansas City police report.
"I was lying right here, laid down right here, and they shot, and the bullet hole is right there, and went out the house," Harold Molden said in an exclusive interview with KCTV5.
Detectives are working to identify the four suspects.
The father had just returned his rental truck that he used to move his belongings when he returned home. This occurred just before 10 p.m. Saturday in the area of 8600 block of East 110th St.
As he was walking to his front door, the robbers pointed a shotgun at his face. He quickly handed over his keys, wallet and debit card. But that wasn't enough for the robbers, who forced the father into his home where his children and his infant son were.
Harold Molden said the suspect who shoved the shotgun in his face was a teen wearing a mask.
"One of them had a shotgun in my face, and the other one had a revolver," said Harold Molden.
He says they forced him inside, where his 5- and 6-year-old kids were sleeping upstairs and his baby was crying on the couch. Friends who are 17- and 12-year-olds were home watching the children.
"It's just my kids, it's just my kids," Harold Molden told the gunmen. "So that's when they walked me up the stairs, they told me to lie down right here. They told the other two guys to lie down."
They all had guns to their heads when Harold Molden's wife, Lekresha Molden, came home and was forced onto the ground, too. She initially thought the person standing in the doorway with a gun was one of the teen friends trying to scare her with a toy.
Talking while on the phone, she was distracted and waved off what she thought was the teen babysitter. The suspect grabbed her and ordered her to the ground.
As she heard her baby boy's wails, she pleaded to be allowed to comfort him, according to a police report.
"I just kept saying, 'Can I please get my son? Can I please get my son?'" Lekresha Molden recalled. "He doesn't know what's going on and I just wanted to be able to just hold him and calm him down."
Her two other children were asleep in back bedrooms during the ordeal.
As the robbers pointed guns at them, the victims tried to stay calm despite the baby's anguished cries. The robbers grabbed a big-screen TV, headphones, a video game console and other valuables that had just been moved in.
"You have to be aware of your surroundings when you have U-Haul trucks or rental trucks because people that are looking at you know that you have merchandise, or you have valuables that you are moving, to where they can get a hold of it," said Harold Molden.
As the items were being scooped up, he remained on the floor. As the robbers fled, he heard a shot and saw the flash of a muzzle. When he rose to his feet, he saw a hole in a wall close to the floor that was way too close to where his head would have been.
He called police and got his terrified family members to a neighbor's home to wait for officers to arrive.
"I got a beauty mark right there in my new home to show that these guys wanted me dead," Harold Molden said, pointing to the bullet hole in his wall. "I did nothing to these guys and gave these guys what they wanted, and told these guys they can have what they wanted and they still tried to kill me. They still tried to kill me in front of my family."
The robbers took off in the family's two cars, and left some valuables behind that the couldn't fit in the cars, including the flat-screen TV. They abandoned the two vehicles about a mile away. One of the robbers also left behind a backpack that contained a cell phone, according to police.
The Moldens are youth directors at their church. They say they want the young gunmen caught, but they also want more done to keep young people from getting to that point.
"Really, be on these young guys and really show these young guys some attention and love because they're committing violence at such a young age," Harold Molden said. "I would like these guys caught so nobody else has to go through what me and my family had to go through."
Anyone with information should call Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
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