Three armed, masked men terrorized and robbed an Asian American business owner and his family in their home late Wednesday night in yet another home invasion targeting people of Asian descent.
This time, the business owner was a dentist, with offices in Philadelphia and Coatesville.
The Daily News last month wrote about this alarming trend in which armed thugs have followed Asian business owners to their homes in the belief that the victims stash cash at home.
In this case, dentist Jim Cheng doesn’t know if he was followed to his Main Line home on Brooklea Road in Rosemont. He said in his Olney office on Thursday that he had picked up his daughter, 20, a University of Pennsylvania undergrad who is working in graphics/design at the Summer Pennsylvanian, from the student publication’s office in University City Wednesday night before returning home about 11:30 p.m.
After they got out of the family’s Mercedes, “I enter the garage and then suddenly, three people follow me,” Cheng, 49, said. They pointed guns at him and one yelled, “Don’t scream!”
His wife, 48, a University of Pennsylvania medical school research specialist, was already inside their home.
The masked thugs forced him to lie facedown in the kitchen, Cheng said. They isolated his wife and daughter in other rooms.
They pointed guns at him, asked him where money was and threatened to kill him if he didn’t, Cheng said. Cheng said he told them where money was.
The thugs tied all of their hands behind their backs and stuffed their mouths with socks, Cheng said. After about an hour, they forced Cheng, his wife and daughter into the basement before they fled with cash and jewelry, he said. Police did not disclose how much money was taken.