HARRISON TOWNSHIP, HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) – - Two juvenile suspects are in custody and a family is shaken up following a home invasion in Harrison Township Sunday morning.
According to police, the break-in happened just before 9 a.m. in the 10000 block of Carolina Trace Road. Two 16-year-olds were wearing ski masks when they forced their way into a home. When the homeowner, 64-year-old David Niehaus, confronted them, the suspects physically restrained him and demanded valuables.
"It was terrifying," said Niehaus. "I saw my life flash before my eyes and I thought they were going to kill me."
After he told the teens that his wife, Ruth, was calling 911, they fled from the home in a black car. Police say they left before taking any property.
"My grandchildren stay overnight in out home pretty frequently, in fact we were supposed to have two of our grandchildren with us that morning," Ruth said. "All I keep thinking is, what if they had been here? I don't feel safe any longer in my own home. I have lived in this area for 40 years and I never thought something like this could happen. We will never be the same again."
According to the family, David ran outside and was able to spot the license plate of the car the suspects were driving.
About 30 minutes later, Harrison police spotted a vehicle matching the description in the 300 block of Elm Avenue. The teens were inside.
Both suspects admitted involvement in the robbery. They were charged with aggravated burglary and taken to the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center.
The suspects' attorneys claim they both were model students at William Henry Harrison High School. One student is in the high school's marching band and the other maintains a 3.5 GPA.
The judge says the students will be held until their next hearing before a magistrate on Nov. 6.
The investigation is being handled by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.