Village on edge after an armed robber forced open family's door

It's a community many say you can leave your doors unlocked. (WICS)

A central Illinois community is on edge after deputies said a robber pointed a gun at a family inside their home.

Josh Buhl got home from work late Wednesday night.

He was resting at his Ashland home when someone rang his doorbell at about 2 a.m. Thursday.

"(A hooded person) opened the screen door and pointed a gun to the window and I immediately put my foot on the door, my arm on it to brace it," Buhl said. "I did have the deadbolt locked and the knob locked, and then they proceeded to kick the door in. At that time my son came out the hallway. So I yelled at him and told him to grab my gun and call the police."

Buhl said his reaction was second nature.

"I didn't feel anything at the time," Buhl said. "I just reacted. My kids were behind me so I just had to do what I had to do."

His wife and kids are terrified.

"They're still scared," he said. "So is my wife. She doesn't even want to stay there now."

Several people in Ashland Friday said the town is on edge and that people are scared.

It's a community many say you can leave your doors unlocked.

"You don't expect someone to rob you and ring your doorbell before they rob you," Buhl said.

Buhl said it hurts that his family had to go through such a scary situation.

He said they will eventually heal.

"It will take time," he said. "It really hasn't affected me other than my family is hurting. That's the only thing that affects me. It's going to take time, but we will hopefully. "

No one was hurt during Thursday morning's attempted robbery.

The sheriff's office and Ashland police are gleaning every piece of evidence possible to lead to those responsible.

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