Po­lice probe rob­bery at for­mer tar­get of vi­o­lent home in­va­sion

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - JOANNA FRKETICH With files from John Ren­ni­son jfr­ketich@thes­pec.com 905-526-3349 | @Jfr­ketich

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an armed rob­bery at an East Hamil­ton res­i­dence that was the tar­get of a vi­o­lent home in­va­sion in March.

Four men in­clud­ing one be­lieved to have a hand­gun showed up at the door of 552 Roxbor­ough Ave. at 10:40 p.m. Satur­day de­mand­ing money and took off in the ten­ant’s black Nis­san Al­tima.

“This was ob­vi­ously tar­geted,” said Staff Sgt. Steve Hahn of the Hamil­ton Po­lice Ser­vice. “The pub­lic isn’t at risk.”

It is the sec­ond time the home near Strat­hearne Av­enue, just north of Main Street East, has been at­tacked in two months. A 34year-old man was se­ri­ously in­jured dur­ing a home in­va­sion March 22 at 5 a.m. when two men armed with an edged weapon forced their way into the house de­mand­ing drugs and money.

No one was in­jured in the lat­est rob­bery that started when a man in the house opened the door to leave and dis­cov­ered the four men on the porch. He slammed the door shut, locked it and ran out the back door of the house. Hahn said he did not know if it was the same ten­ant who was taken to hospi­tal in March cov­ered in blood with non-life threat­en­ing in­juries.

It is not clear if the men en­tered the house dur­ing Satur­day’s rob­bery or how they got the keys to the car be­long­ing to a woman who lives there.

Af­ter both at­tacks the Hamil­ton Po­lice Ca­nine Unit searched the area but the sus­pects were not found in ei­ther case. The car has also not been lo­cated.

Hamil­ton po­lice’s tac­ti­cal unit re­sponded Satur­day. In March, the Hamil­ton Po­lice Foren­sics Branch and the Hamil­ton Po­lice AC­TION team in­ves­ti­gated.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact po­lice at 905-5462919 or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800222-8477. Tips can also be made at crimestop­per­shamil­ton.com/

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