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Imagine entertaining a house full of guests, only to have two gunmen barge in and rob everyone.

That`s what investigators say happened to one homeowner in St. John Parish.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has details and reaction.

“Oh I think that’s terrible,” neighbor Charlotte Short said. “I’m afraid now.”

People who live in the 300 block of Melius Drive in Reserve cannot believe the horror that happened at one of their neighbor’s home.

“I don’t know they had a party until I walked to my truck, my truck parked at the end,” Donald Short said. “Just a bunch of people standing outside by their cars and talking.”

Investigators with St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office say the homeowner was entertaining guests late Friday night, when he heard a knock at the door.

When he answered, two men with guns forced their way inside and ordered all 18-house guests to hand over their cash.

Charlotte Short couldn’t even imagine the terror.

“Oh yeah, that’s terrible that’s not a good thing at all to have all your guests get robbed along with you,” she said.

Investigators say both gunmen were wearing all black clothing.

They’re following every lead to identify the men.

One is described as 5-foot-8 inches tall with a stocky build. The other 6-feet tall, with a thin build, and long dreadlocks.

“Oh I hope that they find them and I’m optimistic that they will,” Charlotte said.

“I tell you what, (Sheriff) Mike Tregre has been doing a good job around here and most all the cases been going on he’s been solving them,” Donald said.

“You know when things happen they jump on it quickly. So I’m really optimistic that she Sheriff and his crew will do a good job and find whoever did it,” Charlotte said.

No one was hurt during the burglary.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the St. John Parish Sheriff`s Office or Crimestoppers

(504) 822-1111.