Babysitter pistol-whipped in Warren

WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – A baby-sitter was pistol-whipped when the apartment she was watching children in was burglarized by three armed men.

The Tribune Chronicle reports that a woman told police she babysitting at a house on Lancer Court N.W. about 2:30 a.m. when three men burst through the door.

The report states the men told her to sit and then one of the men hit her in the head with a gun. Police said there was a red mark and bruise on her head.

The woman told police she was knocked unconscious but woke to see them leaving through the back door.

According to the emergency dispatch call log, two children were in the home sleeping.

The children’s mother, Erica Stratakis, called police at 7:43 a.m. when she was on her way back to the house, the log states. The baby-sitter told officers she did not have a phone to use immediately after the burglary.

When police arrived to interview the baby-sitter around 8 a.m., she refused medical attention but said she would go to the hospital when the childrens’ mother returned home, the report states.

The officer stated he did not enter the home at that time because the renter was not present.

Officers returned at 9:30 a.m., when Stratakis came home, and learned a $700 blue pit bull puppy with one gray eye and one blue eye, a PlayStation 3, an air conditioning unit and a pair of shoes were taken.

A phone number listed in the police report for the baby-sitter was disconnected and no one answered the number listed for Stratakis.

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