Two arrested after holding mother and kids at gunpoint during home invasion

Posted at 11:55 PM, Aug 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-14 15:59:48-04

Update: Norfolk Police have arrested the two men they believe to be responsible for the home-invasion incident. Both were arrested on Tuesday.





Joey Copeland, 20, and Tyrone Johnson, 21, are bothcharged with abduction, robbery, breaking and entering, using or displaying a firearm in the commission of a felony, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

They remain in the Norfolk City Jail on no bond.

Norfolk, Va. - After a home invasion over the weekend in Norfolk, police need you to take action to help them find Joey Copeland.

Police say he and another man terrorized a mother and her children.

A woman was held at gunpoint with her three small children for 45 minutes according to one Norfolk mother who says two men broke in and raided her home on Marsh Street over the weekend.

One of those men, police say, is 20-year old Joey Copeland.

Both are still on the run, likely armed and dangerous.

"Pretty scared about it because I do have my grandchildren and my granddaughter who works nights and comes home late at night,” says a neighbor.

The mother tells NewsChannel 3 she was watching TV with her three girls when the two men broke in through her back door."

Scared for the lives of her three young girls as well as her own, the mother could only wait.

After the thieves snatched her cell phone, she says they took whatever they wanted, mainly TVs and other electronics.

The men loaded the loot into her car, a 2004 dark green Kia Optima and took off.

Mom says she's lucky no one was hurt, but can't shake feeling violated.

Neighbors agree.

"This is your home. This is where you get your peace at and for them to come in there and take that away from you, it's something that we should really look into as neighbors and being out here together.”

If you know anything about this case, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.