Those of you who follow me on twitter already know this, but I'm going to explain a little further here.
I had a text message from my mother at about 7AM that my little brother (who is a senior at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville) was at home asleep around 2AM in his apartment when three guys with guns broke in and held he and one of his roommates (the 3rd roommate was at his girlfriends place) at gunpoint and robbed them. My brother said he woke up in the middle of the night with the barrel of a gun in his face. I am freaked out just typing it. They got him out of bed, and made him lay on the living room floor with a gun to his head while they made his roommate open up his safe with the gun to his head.
Some police officers just happened to be driving by as they saw the guys running out of the apartment (thank God!) and caught two of the guys right away.
My poor brother is SO freaked out. They had to go to the police station right away and file reports and all that, then they had the crime scene unit at their apartment until almost noon today. They stole my brothers ipod and all his cash and whatever was in his roommates safe.
My mom texted me at 9:15 tonight and said they caught the other two guys. It turns out they're kids from the Dallas area, so the police initially thought that my brother was actually somehow involved. Luckily they figured out quickly that he had no idea who these assholes were.
My brother's girlfriends mother is a prosecutor in Little Rock and knows the State's Attorney in Fayetteville that's going to be at the arraignment in the morning. She's going to call and make sure they ask for high bail.
I just feel SO bad for my brother... he's seriously SO freaked out. Luckily he and his roommates were already planning on going home to Dallas for the weekend for the football game at Cowboys Stadium, so they don't have to stay there for the weekend. They are going to be moving to a new apartment ASAP. I can't imagine trying to stay there.
As someone said on Twitter earlier... it's time like these that it is SO important to remember what is important in your life. It's not the stuff you keep in your safe, it's the people in your life. I am so thankful that they're okay.
Everyone remember if, God forbid, you're ever in a similar situation... THINGS can be replaced. People can never be replaced.
Hope you all have a good and SAFE evening.