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Robbed Framingham family possibly targeted

Framingham police said that the family of five who were robbed at gunpoint by a half-dozen men in their Beacon Street home Sunday night were “possibly targeted” by the attackers.

Framingham police Lieutenant Ron Brandolini declined to say Monday what led police to believe there may have been a connection or if the perpetrators were known to the victims, citing an ongoing investigation.

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“I don’t have the answers at this time,” Brandolini said.

Police said Sunday that the armed men bound the mother and her three children while the father was forced to open the family’s safe and hand over an unknown amount of cash. However, Brandolini said Monday that the two youngest children were not tied up.

He said that the youngest child was 5 years old, but did not know the ages of the other children.

“They touched the gun on my head, and they touched the gun on my son’s head,” the mother said in an interview with WCVB Monday. “They put us on the floor. They tied my arms, my feet.”

The mother said that after the doorbell rang just before 9 p.m., her son went to answer it and found the assailants waiting. “They pushed him back, he fell, and they just ran inside,” she said.

The family’s landlord, who asked not to be identified, said he spoke with his tenants Sunday night. Everyone, including the children, who range from elementary school to high school age, was shaken up, he said, but they were grateful to have escaped unharmed. The landlord said his tenants noted that the attackers spoke Spanish and English during the robbery.

Brandolini said police do not have further descriptions of the robbers, and are still searching for them.

Anyone with information is urged to call Framingham police at 508-532-5923.

Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at jaclyn.reiss@globe.com.
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