Neighbor avoids stray bullet in attempted Grandview home robbery
6:44 PM, Jan 10, 2014
6:49 PM, Jan 10, 2014
GRANDVIEW, Mo. - An accused robber is in the hospital Friday night and police are still looking for another suspect after their Grandview victim fought back.
The robbery happened in a house on the 12300 block of North 3rd street Thursday night.
41 Action News spoke exclusively to Sonia Alvarado and her son, one of the neighbors who narrowly missed one of the bullets in the robbery.
"Oh my god, it was terrible," Alvarado said as she recounted the frightening and anxious moments as a stray bullet pierced her bedroom wall, nearly striking her.
Shortly after 6 p.m., Alvarado was watching television in her bed when the robbery occurred at the house across the street.
"I go and see here and that's when I go and see the guy there and my husband comes 'Sonia' Sonia, go on the floor,' and then when I turn around—the room was smoking," she said.
Grandview police said the victim of that robbery fired his own weapon at the two armed suspects as they ran away. "It was 'Boom. Boom. Boom. Boom' and a couple of more quick—you know—quick rounds," Gustavo Farias, Alvarado's son said.
Farias took cover in the midst of the chaos.
"I was in the bathroom so they're just like ‘Get down' so I threw myself down on the ground and called the cops," he said.
The family said during the investigation, police were unable to find the bullet itself. Neighbors said the house where the shots came from is no stranger to police.
No one was home where the shots were fired.
Police said the victim of Thursday's robbery was not injured.
However, for Alvarado, who left East Los Angeles for the Kansas City area 15 years ago to avoid crime and violence, said the incident shattered her sense of security.
"Maybe it happens again you never know," she said.
Police found one of the two suspects inside a Kansas City apartment with a gunshot wound in the leg.
If you any information regarding this robbery or the other suspect. Please call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.