Children Threatened During Home Invasion

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(Memphis, TN) A Raleigh man is behind bars after a violent home invasion where items were taken and children's lives were threatened.

Memphis police charged 19-year-old Daniel Rawlings with seven counts of Aggravated Robbery, but police say there are more suspects still on the loose.

The robbery has revealed a lot about the community.

A family is too shaken up to talk about a home invasion they lived through.

Memphis police say Rawlings and three other men stormed their apartment armed with guns and robbed everyone inside, taking cash and cell phones.

Sadly enough, four children were home and were told to stay in one room or they'd be shot.

The family called police, something people who live in the Walden Point apartments don't always do when robbed.

People here stay silent for fear of retaliation.

In fact, we could only find one person willing to talk with us about the robbery and even he wanted to remain anonymous.

“I've got two kids that were laying here sleeping,” he said. “That could have been me.”

Neighbors say the overall problem exists because gangs run the complex.

One man said he's fed up and encourages people to be ready to defend their homes and loved ones to prevent robberies like Monday’s.

“I mean sometimes you’ve got to show these young (expletives) that you're willing to go just as far as they will,” he said, “because they're out there playing with nothing. They ain't got kids but they need to know you're willing to die for your kids.”

He says standing up to the violence is the only way the gangs will lose their grip on entire communities.

Rawlings is in jail on a $300,000 bond, but police say there are three suspects still on the loose.

If you have any information on this robbery, call CrimeStoppers anonymously at 901.528.CASH.