An armed home invasion victim tells only 11 News his traumatizing story.
Eric Wellington is crediting a witness with saving his life. That’s because the witness noticed two men in masks driving around with duct tape covering their license plate. They followed the car to Wellington’s house and called police.
Wellington can’t wait to hold his 7-year-old son in his arms again. He admires a picture of him, just thankful he survived the most terrifying ordeal of his life.
“I was freaking out. I didn't know what to think. All I could see was a silver gun point right at me,” said Wellington.
Two masked armed robbers held the 32-year-old hostage in his own basement. They took all the cash out of his pockets, held him to the ground, and tied his hands behind his back.
“They were tying me up and starting throwing pillows and blankets over my head. And he just pushed the gun to my head saying 'I'm gonna kill you, I'm gonna kill you,'” said Wellington.
But before the gunman could pull the trigger, there was a knock at the door.
“One of the gunmen put the gun to my head and walked me to the door...told me to go upstairs and get rid of the cops now. And told me not to say anything or they would kill me,” said Wellington.
Instead the cops got Wellington out safely, and arrested the two men.
Now all Wellington can think about is the witness who was brave enough to call police to save his life.
"My son has a father now still because of it and my parents still have their kid. You might not know exactly what you did, but I want you to know I thank you with all my heart,” said Wellington to the anonymous witness.
Wellington tells 11 News it’s now his mission to be one of those observant neighbors, maybe to help someone else someday.
And he encourages others to take action when they spot something wrong.
Police say the two suspects are Pueblo residents Willie Robbins, 30, and Orlando Andrews, 37. They are currently in the Pueblo County Jail arrested for first degree burglary, robbery and menacing.
Wellington says he recognized Robbins from his high school, but says they have not been in contact since then.
Wellington tells us the two men walked out of the house pretending that they knew him, and telling police that he invited them inside.
“The two suspects walked outside the house like they owned it, like nothing was wrong” said Wellington.
But he says that could not be further from the truth.
Wellington says they couldn’t have been in the basement any more than five minutes. He believes the men were putting pillows behind his head to use as a silencer and that they were planning on killing him. But because of the witness who called police, that didn’t happen.
“Just be more proactive as citizens out there. If you do see something wrong, don’t turn a blind eye to it. You never know that one thing you do may actually be a big thing, and help stop a tragedy or even save somebody’s life,” said Wellington.
Police recovered one gun from the scene. They are still investigating the crime.