EAGLE CREEK, Ore. -- Five men tied up a family in Eagle Creek and beat them with guns during a home invasion robbery early Friday morning, police said.
Just after 2 a.m. the masked men broke down the door of the home on Southeast Van Curen Road, said Sgt. Dan Kraus of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Victim Charles Gardner, 82, said the sound woke him up and then he heard one of the men attacking his 38-year-old granddaughter.
I sat up and was listening and all of a sudden I heard screaming and hollering, Gardner said. That's when he was beating on her in the bed and holding her down, holding the gun on her.
His granddaughter was in the home with her two teenage sons and she thought they were all about to be shot.
When they came in and told us to put our heads down, all I could do was put my arms over my son and I told him, 'I'm sorry this is happening,' said the granddaughter, who asked not to be named. I covered him the best I could because I wanted him to survive.
Gardner said he faked a heart attack to distract the robbers, but they continued to ransack the home and attack and threaten the family for 30 to 45 minutes. He called 911 immediately when the men finally left.
The men got away with several expensive items, including guns and a significant amount of money, Sgt. Kraus said. Gardner estimated at least $10,000 worth of property and cash was stolen during the episode.
Investigators believe there could be some connection between the suspects and the victims as the men seemed aware that certain items would be in the home, Kraus said.
The men were seen driving away in a silver, four-door sedan. Anyone with information on the home invasion was asked to call 503-723-4949 or submit a tip via email here.