JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On a quiet street in Arlington, two 16-year-old girls became victims of a terrifying robbery early Monday morning.
According to a JSO report, the girls were walking along Columbine Drive, when three men wearing masks jumped out of a dark-colored car and forced them to the ground.
With guns pointed at the their heads, the girls gave up everything they had, and the attackers took off, heading north on Rogero Road.
Action News has learned this may not have been their first attack that night. A second report says "very similar suspects" robbed another woman two miles away, six minutes earlier.
Action News spoke with her father, who requested we conceal his identity.
"It's something I never would have believed happened in our home."
The report shows, his daughter was about to walk inside their home when a dark-colored car pulled in the driveway. Three males wearing masks forced her to the ground at gunpoint and demanded she take them inside. Once there, however, all they found was darkness, and his daughter got away.
"She came screaming back there 'dad, dad get the gun, get the gun, dad, dad get the gun!'"
The surprised attackers immediately fled.
"It was the turning point of it because they'd never been in there and it was pitch black. They didn't know which way I was coming from and I think that's really what saved all three of our lives."
While he never expected to be a victim, this father was ready, and is now warning his neighbors to be cautious and protect themselves, and always aware that crime can happen anywhere.
JSO detectives have not confirmed that the cases are connected. Action News is told investigations in both cases are ongoing and no arrests have been made.