Pregnant mother, child held up by gunman at Southfield apartment

A pregnant mother and her child were held up at gunpoint outside their Southfield apartment March 19.

Police are still looking for the two suspects at large. 

Amber left her apartment around 8:45 a.m. to take her 6-year-old daughter to school earlier this month but says two men were waiting.

Now Southfield police want to catch the two suspects before they strike again.

Because the men are still at large, the victim did not want her face shown on camera or to give her last name.

"I usually look out of my peep-hole to make sure that there's no one walking by," Amber said. "And it looked clear. I opened my front door and stepped out and to my right, there were two gentlemen waiting on me."

At six months pregnant, Amber and her daughter are both learning to live with the fear.

"He put his hand over my mouth," she said. "And put his gun in my face and told me to get back into my apartment."

 Amber says these two men had to get past two locked doors to wait in the hallway at the Maple Tree Apartments.

Her daughter pleaded with the men to not shoot them.

"She was absolutely terrified," Amber said. "She also asked them over and over, 'Please don't kill me, don't kill my mom.'"

 Amber says the men wanted money and ransacked her place in search of it.

 "(They) flipped the mattress over, pulled out all the drawers out of the dresser, pulled all the things out of my closet," she said.

Amber says the two men were both black in their mid to late 20s, about 5 feet, 8 inches. One had a ski-mask and dark glasses on. The other was wearing all black clothes and kept a silver gun pointed at them the entire time. 

Amber provided police with a sketch of one of the suspects who did not wear a mask.

The men didn't steal anything from the home. But the only thing they did take was Amber and her daughter's sense of security.

"She's gone to school, she's expressed that she's scared the bad guys might come to her school," Amber said.

Amber has moved out and found a new place to live. She says she was shocked to find out that her neighbors did not know about the crime.

"It's sad and it's scary because you have several seniors who live in that building," Amber said. "And you have several single mothers with children, who are bringing them in and out. 

"And for them to not be aware that there are gun people in the building, that's sad."

FOX 2 attempted to talk to management at Maple Tree Apartments but we were told no comment, before we could ask a question.

No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact Southfield police at (248) 796-5500.
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