Sheriff: Woman abducted, released after suspects rob family at gunpoint in Harrison Twp.

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – An investigation is underway after deputies say a group of suspects robbed a family in their home, shot their dog and forced a woman to withdraw money from an ATM before making off with her car.

Around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Montgomery County deputies responded to the 3800 block of Monroe Avenue in Harrison Township on a report of three suspects that had broken into a home armed with guns.

The suspects proceeded to rob the residence, shooting a family dog in the process, according to deputies.

According to the father who called 911, three suspects dressed in all black forced his family on the floor at gunpoint while taking several items, including a cell phone, guns and a television.

The mother was then abducted and forced by the suspects to drive to an ATM machine on West Siebenthaler Avenue and remove cash, according to authorities.

“They were all upset,” said Carla Knight, a neighbor. “They thought the dog was dead. They thought the mother was going to be dead.”

Knight told 2 NEWS that the man took his three young children who were home at the time to her house down the street to call 911.

“They seem like very nice people,” Knight said. “I couldn’t imagine why anybody would want to do this to anyone.”

According to deputies, the suspects released the mother in an alley near Bellevue Avenue in Dayton and took off with her family’s car.

Susan Cunningham, who lives on Bellevue Avenue, then called 911 and told dispatchers that a woman approached her home looking for help, saying someone had robbed her.

“It was kind of cold and she didn’t have a coat on or shoes on, so that right there was kind of what stuck in my mind to kind of make me see that something was wrong,” Cunningham said.

Neighbors who spoke with 2 NEWS said they’re considering adding more security.

“I’m going to start taking in a lot more of my surroundings,” Knight said. “But we had already been talking about wanting to move, and I know that that’s going to get to the top of the list now.”

The family’s dog is expected to recover, Knight said.

The sheriff’s office is asking the public for help to recover the stolen vehicle, a red 2014 Chevrolet Equinox with Indiana license plate 226RMA.

Anyone with information should call Montgomery County dispatch at 937-225-4357.

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