ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Police are still looking for the man and woman who committed a violent home invasion on Tuesday morning that has left a Northeast Albuquerque neighborhood on edge.
It happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday in the 1500 block of Arizona Street NE.
Mary Nguyen, 68, says she was just being kind when she let in a stranger who claimed she needed to use the restroom. Nguyen says she's never been afraid in the home where she and her husband have lived for nearly two decades.
"Very nice neighborhood. I love Albuquerque," Nguyen said. "I love my neighbor, yeah, but I don't know… yesterday… I am very sad, I am very worried."
Nguyen says when she let the woman in a man approached saying he wanted to thank her husband for their kindness. Instead, the man and woman rushed the Nguyens.
"She hit me. She told me, ‘Lie down on the floor,' and she took my phone," Nguyen said.
Nguyen was kicked in the chest. Her 70-year-old husband was pistol-whipped as he tried to call 911.
The pair took the Nguyen's cell phone and ran away shooting at the vehicle of a neighbor who noticed what happened and tried to help.
The neighborhood was locked down as police searched for the pair.
The whole crime left neighbors stunned.
"It's a good neighborhood, safe, so you don't expect that here," Donna Payne said.
And it's changed Nguyen's mind about opening her home to strangers.
"Now I feel, I'm very worried," Nguyen said. "I can't sleep. I'm worried. I'm worried about they come back. I'm worried."
The search for the suspects was unsuccessful.
The Nguyens described the woman as Anglo or Hispanic and her companion as a black man in his 20s and about 6 feet tall.
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