A pregnant Wahiawa woman is speaking out after two suspected car thieves barged into her home.
She says the suspects tried to explain why they were hiding from police, but there came a moment when she knew she had to get her family out of there.
The family did not want to be identified. The woman says the suspects didn’t threaten them, but she and her daughter ran out of the house after she saw that the man might have been armed.
The woman says she was home with her husband and her 2-year-old daughter when they heard two people come in through the back door. She says they were telling her different stories, explaining why they were hiding out.
“She said her ex-boyfriend was chasing them because she’s in love with the guy that was here with her,” the woman said. “She was bleeding. She had cuts and scrapes all over her body.”
It got to the point where she knew that the two suspects were lying and were in trouble, and she told them to leave.
“I was like, ‘Either you guys are going out the back door or go out the front. You guys need to leave,’ and they’re like, ‘Don’t call the cops, please. We don’t want to go to jail,'” she said. “They kept looking out the windows. They didn’t want us looking out the windows. They didn’t want us to go outside.”
She says she was scared to call 911. “What if they would have heard me on the phone call to 911? What if they would have hurt me and kept me hostage? You never know,” she said.
So she quietly took a photo of the suspects with her cell phone and posted it on social media with the message: “These people are in my house someone call 911.”
She says the suspects then tried to change into clothes that they had in their backpacks, and that’s when she really got scared.
“He pulled a gun out, and he wrapped the gun in a white T-shirt, and at that point, I grabbed my daughter’s hand and I just ran outside and just kept running,” she said.
She called her husband, who ran out after them.
The woman was taken to the hospital, because they thought she was about to give birth. It turned out that was not the case, and they were sent home early Friday morning, but “it caused me a lot of emotional distress.”
The woman says when they got back home, their house had been ransacked. The suspects tried to cut a hole in the wall to see if they could escape through the neighbor’s house.
She says the male suspect also tried to put on her husband’s uniform as a disguise to try and escape.
“Everything in our home is ruined basically. They destroyed our couch. They destroyed my daughter’s things. They drank all the alcohol we had in our refrigerator,” she said. “We have to start over.”
The woman says she and her family are now staying in temporary housing. “Nobody can know where we live,” she said. “We’re being removed from our house. We’re being pulled apart from everything that we have because of these people.”
The two suspects, Gloria Kwon, 27, and Chaz Melchor, 35, were arrested for unauthorized entry, car theft, and criminal property damage. Charges are still pending.