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Mother bound, held for an hour during home invasion
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Largo, Florida -- A Bay area mother is recovering after a terrifying home invasion Tuesday morning. She was bound and held captive for nearly an hour. It happened around 10:42 a.m. at the home on 114th Terrace North near Lake Seminole.

Pinellas Sheriff's investigators say two men barged into the house armed with guns and a knife and bound the woman's hands and feet while they tore up the home in search of valuables.

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"They told me my youngest son got into trouble at school," said the 46-year-old victim, who says she was tricked into opening the door. She asked not to be identified to protect her family. "I thought my life was going to be over."

The two men escaped with jewelry and other items from the home and also stole the family's 2008 Mercedes Benz C-300. The car has dark-tinted windows, chrome rims, and a Florida tag: 674-VVM.

Neighbors reported hearing screams, but because of the time, thought it sounded like a family argument.

"We watch out for each other. That's what makes me sick. I didn't know what was going on," said neighbor Kathy Brothers.

The victim was uninjured other than bruising to her wrist and ankles from being tied up.

The sheriff's office is investigating the home invasion and looking for the two suspects.

One is described as a white man in his mid-40's, about 6' tall, with dark slicked-back hair. The second is a black man in his late 30's to early 40's. He has a muscular build, is about 6'2" with short hair and gold teeth.

Anyone with information on what happened is asked to call the Pinellas County Sheriff's Robbery/Homicide Detective Carl Vitro at 727-582-6200. Or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.

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