Temple student speaks out after home invasion robbery

March 6, 2013 8:22:01 PM PST
Two people are in custody and a third still at large in the home invasion robbery of four Temple University students.

And Wednesday night, the woman who was followed home spoke only to Action News.

"You're just thinking you're going to do whatever you can," she said. "You'll do whatever they say. You're just trying to get out of there alive."

The Temple University senior and three of her roommates don't want to be identified.

They're still too terrified after a home invasion Monday night. One young lady was walking along 18th street. She opened her front door, and she soon sensed her attackers.

"He pulled out the gun and said, 'We are here for you,'" she said.

The woman was forced into her home by the gunman. Two other accomplices rushed to the third floor where her roommates were.

"He had the gun to my head the entire time," she said. "His friend said, 'Just be quiet. Shut her up. We won't hurt you if you just shut up. And that's when he got out the duct tape.'"

Three of the four women were bound. The suspects stole cell phones, cash, credit cards and computers and then fled.

"They were leaving. They said, 'You wait 30 minutes, don't say anything. You didn't see us or we will kill you. We know where you live,'" she said.

Police say they captured two suspects: Tyree Johnson and Malcom Murray. Surveillance video led police to the thieves.

A third suspect, Elijia Washington, remains at large. He has a long criminal history. Investigators say it's just a matter of time before he's caught.

"We are just thankful they got them, and we can start moving on with our lives," said the woman targeted.

"Obviously, some of these criminals are very desperate, very brazen, and they will force their way inside someone's property point of gun in order to commit their crimes," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Temple University sent out an alert to students notifying them about the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Central Detective Division Detective Guercio at 215-686-3093.