LAKE ELMO, Minn. -- Thieves tied up a Lake Elmo woman with zip-ties and went through her home stealing money and jewelry.
On Monday Kaling Wong was home alone making dinner when she heard the doorbell ring. She peered through the door and saw two men with utility vests on. She thought they were Xcel Energy employees returning for a follow up job on her gas meter.
"I just opened the door and then the door not even open they just pushed it and grabbed me," she said.
They tied her hands to her back and tied her feet and threw her to the floor.
She tried to look up to see faces but every time she did they pointed a gun at her head and pushed her face to floor, Wong said.
"As soon as they laid me on the floor and tied me I already told myself, 'I don't know if I will be able to see my family anymore,'" she said.
The 56-year-old said she saw two more men enter her home. She said they carried her from room to room demanding a key to her safe and all her jewelry, including her wedding ring.
She doesn't know how long the robbery lasted. She just remembers she stopped hearing the men's voices. With her hands still tied she rolled herself to the closest phone and called 911. Officers arrived and untied her.
She has some bruises on her body and is a little shaken but not broken.
"It's not the end of the world. I'm happy where I am right now," she said.
Wong owns Ho Ho Gourmet, a popular Chinese restaurant in St. Paul.
She believes the robbers targeted her home because they knew as a business owner she would have cash at home.
The Washington County Sheriff's office says this is an open investigation and they are looking into all leads.
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