Mother, Children Tied Up During McDonald Home Invasion

MCDONALD (KDKA) — A woman and her four young children were tied up during a home invasion in Washington County.

Three men with ski masks barged into their apartment on Cherry Street in McDonald at about midnight Wednesday. The intruders were described as three black males.

Nikki Johnson, 36, was watching TV with her four young children – ages 11, 10 and 7, — when the men kicked their way through the front door.

“Extremely frightening,” she said. “It’s your worst fear that your kids are there and there’s nothing you can do to help them.”

Their wrists were bound with extension cords and put duct tape on the children’s mouths.

The men were on a mission.

“Was holding guns to their heads and threatening them and stuff and asking her questions about who lived here, whose vehicles was what, who lived in what apartments ,” Nathan Hoff, a neighbor, said.

The men tried to get into another apartment by grabbing the 7-year-old and telling him to ask the neighbor for toilet paper so they could get in, but somebody called police.

The men took off.

“I think the individuals involved are familiar with some of the people here,” McDonald Police Chief Mark Dorsey said. “They stole about $40 and ransacked the apartment.”

Johnson moved in with a cousin temporarily.

The police chief said there have been minor disturbances at that apartment building before, but nothing this serious.

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  • juggy gales

    Any idiots like this come in to my home be prepared to die, 2 rottweilers and 3 loaded guns

  • joan

    Deosn’t anyone check the spelling for KDKA’s news stories? According to your story the woman & children were tied up with duct tape & music notes. The correct spelling is cords, not chords.

  • fran

    Why would anyone care about McDonald?

  • vern

    Looks like the kina place where you would have to be tied up to stand the stench

  • JayW/AFam

    Poor lady and Kids!!!! What fear they must feel now for society in general. Think about it, “you are not even safe in your own home”! When I was a child I can remember thinking many times about how. if nothing else, when I got home, I was SAFE!!!!!! Your sitting there and Three people crash through your door!!! If you think it can’t happen, you being proven wrong, Too many times now in my opinion. The judges should make such a public example of these menaces that no one will even think of doing something that violates OUR ( as in respectable citizens ) rights, freedoms, and peace. I would classify home invasion in the same group with rape and murder!!!!!!! I agree, with those who would defend themselves. I also believe that if it is NOT Legal to Defend yourself in this situation, It should be, and to the point of Killing the invader before they can bring harm to you or your family!!!!! I hope this never happens to my family. I hope the family in this story is doing ok. This was pretty traumatic, I’m Sure!!!!

    • Thomas J Duttine

      It IS legal to defend yourself and family in a home invasion….Shoot and empty the gun!

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