Sheriff's deputies investigate Cordova home invasion - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Sheriff's deputies investigate Cordova home invasion

A grandmother and her young granddaughter were attacked and robbed in their Shelby County home late Friday night.

Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Shular said two men, both armed and wearing bandannas on their faces, entered the front door of a house on Rathmore Cove around 9:00 p.m. Friday.

"The family was awaiting some other family members to come home," Shular said. "They'd left the door unlocked."

One of the men used packing tape to bind the hands, feet, and mouth of the woman, Bi Zhao, 51.

Her two-year-old granddaughter was not harmed.

The two men ransacked Zhao's home, eventually finding cash.  According to Shular, detectives don't believe the crime was random, and they believe the intruders knew the family kept cash at the home.

Soon after the robber, Zhao broke free, ran to a neighbor's house, and called for help.  Because she did not know English, Zhao used gestures to let neighbor Chuck Brown know something terrible had just happened.

Brown said it didn't take long from him to interpret the signals and call 911.

"Amazing that she escaped from what was going on over there...quite a brave woman," he said.

Investigators believe the home was targeted because the intruders knew the family kept cash at home. Not much consolation for frightened neighbors living nearby.

One of the robbers was heavy-set and stood about 6-1. He had on gray sweat pants and white athletic shoes.   The other robber stood about 5-7 and had a thin build.

The bandannas prevented Zhao from seeing the intruders' faces

Deputies ask anyone with information about the home invasion to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH (2274) or the Shelby County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at (901) 545-5600.

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