Home Invasion Leaves Andalusia Family Scared

SAL INVASION PICMarion Crittenden was having a normal Tuesday night at her home on June 21st. She and her family were getting ready for bed around nine, like always.

“I mean, it was time for everybody to, you know, get baths and just time to relax,” Crittenden says. She, her husband, daughter and granddaughter were in the back bedrooms of her home. Her 14-year-old son was in the living room watching television.

She remembers hearing a loud noise at around 9:40. She then rushed out of the bedroom only to discover her family was in danger.

“The next thing I know, I heard like a shattering,” she says. “And I heard him screaming. And I ran out of my bedroom, and once I got in my hallway I seen a young man pointing a gun at my son and he was just screaming.”

Crittenden walked right into a home invasion. She remembers turning around and heading back to her bedroom to retrieve the gun she keeps for protection. As she turned, one of the two men standing in her living room began firing shots at her. The numerous bullet holes in the walls of her family home serve as a reminder of the terror.

SAL INVASION PIC2Crittenden came back to the living room with her gun in time to see the two men leave. The worst part of the ordeal, she says, was the decision to leave her son and get her weapon.

“Just hearing him screaming, that’s just like, you know that’s not good. Because I left him,” she says with tears in her eyes.

The family believes the two men came into the home through the screened in porch. It appears they cut through the screen and then broke through the back door.

While Crittenden can replace a broken door and screen, she can’t replace the peace her family had before the event she calls a “nightmare.” She says her two daughters are afraid to sleep in their own home, and are staying at a relative’s house for the time being.

“I mean, it’s sad, you know? This is where you’re supposed, you know, to feel safe in your home,” Crittenden says. “So I just, I mean I just thank the Lord that it didn’t get as bad as it could have.”

Andalusia Police were quick to arrive on the scene and are currently investigating several leads. They describe the two men as black males in their late teens or early twenties, both of average height and build. Sargent Jody Scott is the main investigator of the case, and also says one man had lighter skin and a slightly smaller build than the other. Right now it is believed only one of the men was armed at the time of the invasion. Both men were wearing dark hoodies and pants with “working boots,” Scott says.

Crittenden and her neighbors are planning on starting a neighborhood watch program. She doesn’t want anyone else to feel unsafe in their own home.

“I just want everybody to know, to know to be aware. Aware of what could happen. Whether it’s me or someone else, just be aware.”

If you have any information about the crime, you can call the Andalusia Police Department at (334) 222-1155 and ask for Sargent Scott in Investigations.

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