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WARREN, Ohio - Three men robbed a woman of her cell phone while holding her five-year-old and seven-month-old children at gunpoint during a home invasion early Thursday morning.

At 1:22 a.m., three unknown suspects in black clothes with bandanas over their faces kicked in the back door of the home on Clearwater Drive SE.

The woman was upstairs while some of her kids were watching television downstairs. She said she heard a loud crash and heard her children scream.

Three armed men were standing at the end of the stairs. Two of them were holding her seven- month-old and five-year-old sons coming up the stairs.

The woman said the suspect began yelling at her to show them where her money was kept.

She said there was no money in the house and said she begged them to put her children down.

The children then ran to their grandmother's house for safety.

"They said some guys had kicked in their door, ran in the house, grabbed his two baby brothers and held a gun to their head and demanded money," says Deborah Croff. "At that point, they took the kids upstairs and was threatening to kill the kids if they couldn't find money in the house."

After showing the armed supsects that she had no money in the home, one supsect grabbed her cell phone out of her hand.

All three supsects fled the scene by running out of the rear door of the house.

Croff says providing a solution to keep young people busy would help the problem.

"I feel like more can be done in our community," she says. "I feel like money can be raised to get things going on. We've got buildings, houses being torn down, when I feel that there's recreations that can be built up."

Police found several footprints in the yard but the suspects were not found.

Her rear door was damaged from being kicked in.

One neighbor says she's investing in a security system after being in her home for over two decades.

"I invested in ADT (home security). I've never had it, I've been here 27 years and never felt the need for it until this last summer," says Mary Kopiak.

Though no one was hurt, Croff says her family is still shaken by the incident that turned her happy home into a crime scene.

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