New Bern Police said they are still searching for four men who ambushed a family Monday night inside the victims' Taberna home.
Taberna is a country club community east of New Bern, which has been annexed into the city.
The victims-- a husband and wife in their 50s, as well as a family member in his 30s-- returned to their home on Nydegg Road at about 11 p.m. Monday, police said.
The family then found four masked men inside their home. The husband and wife were beaten and robbed, according to investigators.
"That's pretty horrifying," said neighbor Kathie Bogue.
The robbers ran away, and the victims got help after one person ran next door to ask someone to call 911, said police.
The victims, according to neighbors, do not speak English. They own the Chinese Garden restaurant, off Highway 70 in James City.
Several neighbors believe the robbers targeted the family in order to steal the cash from that day's restaurant sales. But police did not confirm that theory.