Terror At Home: Potsdam-Area Woman Speaks Out About Home InvasionPosted: Updated:
Mary Widmann was sitting in a chair Tuesday night – bound and gagged by two masked, armed men. One grabbed her three year old daughter and took her upstairs, where her two month old was.
“The one guy had a gun to my three year old's head and they had a gun to my head," she said. "I heard my three year old screaming and crying.”
The intruders came in through the unlocked front door just before dark. Widmann resisted when one grabbed her by the hair.
“I grabbed his hand to go yank on his hand and he smashed my face against the table,” she said.
They kept demanding, “Where is the weed?” They ransacked the kitchen and bureau drawers in the living room. Widmann told them there was none. Her father returned to the home later.
“I went in and I pulled the gag off her mouth and I asked her what happened. She was really crying and hysterical,” said
Gerald Widmann, father.
You always hear people say,“This kind of thing doesn't happen here.” Well, that goes double for the stretch of NY 56 just south of Potsdam. But Tuesday night, this area was swarming with sheriff's deputies, state police, and dogs in the hunt for the perpetrators.
Family and boyfriend have been consoling Widmann. The children are unhurt. Police are following up on leads. The children being there makes the crime even more serious.
“There would be endangering the welfare with the guns. It's going to up the severity of the charges as well,” said Detective
Tom Caringi, sheriff's office.
Police say they found no signs of any drugs in the home. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office.