New Orleans, La. - Her hands tremble as she recalls being woken up late Sunday night.
The 43-year old victim says she didn't recognize the two men who forced their way into her home on Sabine Street in Algiers. She says they both had handguns.
They ordered everyone in the house -- the woman, her parents and her 7-year old grandson -- to a back bedroom. The suspects tied up the adults using wire and handcuffs.
The two men ransacked the house, she says, taking jewelry and medications. They also wanted money.
"They was getting angrier by the minute, asking for all the stuff they was asking for and we didn't have nothing," says the victim.
The woman held her grandson, expecting the worst.
"I was telling him in his ear, don't look at them, don't look at them because he was really basically just looking and I'm like, don't look at them because they normally would kill you," she told us. "They kept saying they won't kill the baby, they don't want to kill the little boy, they didn't want to kill the little boy so I think that maybe probably spared us."
She says the suspects were in the home for less than an hour, though it felt like an eternity.
When the two men left, the victims couldn't get out of the wire and handcuffs. The 7-year old boy called 911.
Neighbors say this isn't the first home invasion on the street. Gunmen forced their way into another home there last year.
Now the victims of the latest crime have to return to the place where they lost their sense of security.
"I ain't going to be able to," she says. "I'm not going to feel comfortable, for one thing. I really don't want to go in there but I know I have to clean up my momma's house."
It will take more than a repaired door and new locks to make this victim feel safe again.