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Sanford father attacked at knifepoint in front of children in home invasion

SANFORD, Fla. – A father is recovering from injuries after a knife wielding man confronted him inside his home, according to police.

"I walk to the door and was going to go close it, and out of nowhere, I see hands, I see fingers," James Wilburn said.

Wilburn had just walked back inside his home when he noticed a crack in the front door. First, he thought it was his 2-year-old who opened it, but then he saw a man's face.

"The door opens and he slowly comes in," Wilburn said. "I bum-rush the door, moving my kid out of the way. I tossed her onto the couch, and he jumps on top of me."

While Wilburn's screaming 2-year-old and 9-month-old baby were just feet away, the man threatened to kill Wilburn. Wilburn began fighting for his life.

"I pretzled my legs around his waist," Wilburn said. "I grabbed him as hard as I can and flipped him over."

A few punches later, the man -- an African-American dressed in all black -- ran out with Wilburn's wallet. Wilburn said he's never seen the man before, but there have been robberies in the area that involve a similar man. Now Wilburn's looking for a safer place for his family.

"In the next 6 months, you're not going to see me in this area no more," he said. "I'm moving."

Wilburn said he will ask the city to put another streetlight on his block.