Mum thought daughter would die as masked raiders held screwdriver to her throat
A mum says a gang of masked thugs broke into her home and held a knife to her two-year-old daughter’s throat.
Akshata Solankhi, 25, said the robbers ordered her to hand over cash and jewellery worth more than £50,000.
She said she was tricked into the ambush when a woman knocked on the door of her family home in Northolt, Ealing, claiming to be delivering religious leaflets.
The mum was then grabbed by three men wearing masks and balaclavas who marched her into her home and threatened her family.
Akshata told the Evening Standard one of the men held a screwdriver to her daughter’s throat and said: “I will kill her if you don’t give me everything.”
The 11-minute ordeal left her two-year-old daughter too traumatised to speak, Akshata, who works in security at Heathrow Airport, said.
She said: “I told him I would give him everything, but he wouldn’t believe me. I thought he was going to kill her, I thought my little girl was going to die.
“I gave them all my jewellery and cash.. I didn’t care I just wanted to save my little girl. It must have been eleven minutes they were in the house before I could convince them that I had handed everything over.
“They had already pushed me and I bashed my head. One of them also pushed my mother, we were terrified. When they left we were shaking. My daughter can’t even speak now, she is traumatised.”
Police said they were called at 2.07pm on Friday, January 31 to reports of an aggravated burglary at a residential property in Northolt.
Officers attended and spoke to the victim who said a woman knocked on the front door to speak to them before three men – wearing balaclavas and masks – forced their way into the property.
One of the suspects threatened to kill the victim’s young child with a screwdriver, while demanding that valuables were handed over immediately.
They then made off with cash and jewellery.
No arrests have been made but police last month issued an e-fit image of the female suspect.