Kansas City mom turns to protect 5 kids when armed men posing as police burst into home

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A mother of five young children felt like they were all going to die – when three armed men burst into their South Kansas City home and demanded money.

The victim, Kim Kuse, said the men came to her home in the 7000 block of Paseo just after nightfall and kicked in her front door.

They were wielding guns and claimed to be police officers, but Kuse said it was clear from the beginning they weren't protectors of the peace.

“We didn`t think we were going to live,” she said.

When the robbers pointed a gun in her direction, Kuse’s first instinct was to protect her children.

“That mother bear inside of you is going to come out no matter what happens,” she said. “And nothing in your way is going to stop you from protecting them.”

Her five kids, ages 11 months to 9 years old, were all home when the robbers forced their way inside and demanded money and valuables.

“I thought in my mind, if they didn`t get what they asked for, they were going to kill us regardless,” Kuse said. “Even if they got what they wanted, I had a feeling that they were going to kill us.”

So Kuse grabbed her little ones and made a run for it – hiding with them in a bedroom while her boyfriend tried to fight back.

During the scuffle, one of the robbers shot her boyfriend in the back. He survived but remains in the hospital.

“[It was] chaos,” Kuse said, as tears began streaming down her face.

Hearing her screams, the family pit bull finally ran to the rescue and bit two of the robbers. That’s when the men turned and ran, but not before shooting and killing the dog.

“She saved us,” Kuse said of her protective pup. “She fought every single one of them, and if she didn`t bite one, she bit two of them.”

Kuse said she doesn't know why her family was targeted, as they've only lived in their rental home for a few months and didn't recognize any of the robbers.

“We are just a normal family,” she said. “A family trying to raise our kids the right way and make sure they got things they [need] and just be normal parents.”

It was a violent situation Kuse now experiences over and over as flashbacks – a violation of her home and an attack on her family she is now sharing as a warning to other families in her community.

“{I want to make sure] that other people are aware of what`s going on in this world,” Kuse said, “and nobody cares anymore. People are going to want what they want, regardless if you have it or not.”

The robbers are described as three black men, ages 18 to 25. Two of the men were tall, about 6”, with short black hair. One was wearing a white tank top and gray sweatpants, while the other wore a black hoodie.

The third robber was shorter, around 5’5”. He had long dreadlocks and was wearing a blue hoodie.

Police have yet to make an arrest in the case. So if you know who the suspects are, they ask you call Crime Stoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.

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