Victims open fire against home invaders who asked to use the phone

Allen Thompson is accused of a home invasion that stole $1,000 from Jessica and Brandon Robinson. (WSYX/WTTE)

The man who police say knocked on a south end door this weekend to use the family's phone inside faced a judge Friday for aggravated robbery.

Around 11 p.m. Saturday, police say Allen Thompson and another unnamed suspect approached the rear door of Jessica and Brandon Robinson's home, claiming they were having car trouble.

Brandon allowed them to use his phone and when he went to go back inside, police say Thompson hit him over the head with a gun.

Police say the suspect forced their way into the Robinson's apartment, cornered Jessica in the kitchen and demanded cash.

The robbers took $1,000 in the Robinson's safe and wanted to go to their back bedrooms.

Jessica said that's where her two and seven-year-old's were sleeping.

Fearing for her kids, Jessica Robinson said she went for her gun that she keeps in her kitchen cabinet.

"I know there's a damn good chance we'd be dead right now if I hadn't grabbed my gun like I did," Robinson said. "My immediate life was in danger so I shot."

She believes she hit the unnamed suspect in the torso. The suspect then jumped out of the apartment and fell down the back stairs.

Police say Thompson, also outside the apartment, started shooting back and Brandon exchanged gunfire.

Sources say both suspects ended up in the hospital that led to, at least, Thompson's arrest.

The judge set a $250,000 bond in his case.

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