Sandra warned her children about potential dangers, but there was little her 15-year-old son could do when he had a silver gun pointed at his chest .
On July 25, her son, along with four friends, all honor students and athletes at High School West, were at a friends house in Dix Hills and heading to the home of one of the boys' parent's home for a sleepover.
The mother hosting the sleepover planned to drive the teens back to her house, but since the homes are only six houses away, the boys told her they would walk instead, Sandra, who asked that her full name be omitted to protect her family's identity, said. The mother agreed and was waiting outside for the boys to arrive when a parent's worst nightmare happened.
According to the police report, the boys, ages 15 and 16, were walking together near the corner of Suncrest Drive and Branwood Drive when they saw a man and a woman walking toward them on the opposite side of the street. A dark blue Honda was traveling slowly behind the couple. Within a minute of noticing the the car, the boys saw the driver get out of the vehicle and run toward them with a blue bandana covering his nose and mouth.
Fight or flight mode kicked in for two of the boys who took off back to the friend's house, losing their shoes in the sprint. According to the report, the remaining three boys attempted to flee, but stopped when the couple and driver, who was flashing a silver gun, began shouting at them to remain still and empty their pockets.
"My son said that out of corner of his eye, he saw the car coming slowly and before he started to run, the guy was right next to his shoulder," she said.
The driver pointed the gun at Sandra's son's chest and shouted at the boys to give up whatever they had on them. Once their iPhones and hats were taken, the two other boys were punched in the stomach with the gun for trying to run off, Sandra's son told police.
The suspects then ran back to the car and took off, according to the report.
"I can't even believe it," Sandra said. "They were shocked and horrified. They had never seen a gun before and couldn't believe it was even happening. They were genuinely upset."
No arrests have been made as of Monday, but police are attempting to track the suspects using data from one of the stolen iPhones.
"We want people to know this is going on. Everything is so hidden and people just don’t know that this is happening here," Sandra said.
*This article has been updated. The original article stated the homes were six blocks apart.
*Sandra asked for her full name to be removed after the article was published in order to protect the identity of her family. Patch honored her request.