COVINGTON, La. The victim of a May 4 aggravated burglary in his family's home called the culprits 'cowards' Friday as the reward for information leading to their capture was announced.
The victim's wife, along with their 9-year-old son and several relatives, were in their River Oaks subdivision home when two unknown masked men entered, demanding an undisclosed amount of cash.
'My son is only nine years old and my wife didn't deserve this,' said the victim's husband. 'You guys are cowards and the most coward one is who sent you.'
The victim's husband said his wife wakes up trembling while his son has nightmares about being tied up.
The man said he brought his family from Honduras to Covington because he was looking to protect his family from the violence that is endemic in their home country.
Authorities believe the assailants knew the family and its Honduran background and that their house was specifically targeted, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Capt. George Bonnett said.
'We believe things the suspects said during the robbery indicate this family was targeted and this is not a random crime,' St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain said.
The men left with cash, multiple guns and jewelry, driving off in a late-model Mercedes Benz that was later found abandoned in the Pearl River area.
The husband said the thieves also made off with a gold medallion that's important to his wife.
While Strain said they're looking abroad for any connections to the break-in, the husband said his family has returned to Honduras.
CrimeStoppers is now involved and, along with money from the family, is offering a reward of $40,000 for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible.
'It's not about the money,' the victim's husband said. 'It's about feeling safe.'
The suspects are described as adult males, one who is 6-foot tall, the other 5-7.
--Information from WWLTV Northshore Reporter Ashley Rodrigue contributed to this report.