Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing two home in­va­sions

Cecil Whig - - OBIT­U­AR­IES & LO­CAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— De­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing two home in­va­sion-style rob­beries that oc­curred at res­i­dences near North East within four days of each other last week, ac­cord­ing to the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

In the most re­cent case, which oc­curred about 1 a.m. April 20 in the 200 block of Ch­e­sa­peake Ridge Lane, one of the in­trud­ers pis­tol­whipped one of the vic­tims, re­sult­ing in “non­life-threat­en­ing” in­juries that sent that 32-year-old man to an area hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance, po­lice re­ported.

Three men car­ry­ing hand­guns and con­ceal­ing their faces with masks or ban­danas com­mit­ted the rob­beries, po­lice said. Also a com­mon theme, the rob­bers de­manded to know where the safes were in­side the tar­geted res­i­dences and then stole money and other prop­erty from them, po­lice added.

“We’re still try­ing to de­ter­mine if the two in­ci­dents are re­lated,” said Lt. Michael Holmes, a CCSO spokesman, after ac­knowl­edg­ing the sim­i­lar­i­ties in the crimes, the short time­frame in which the two home inva-

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sions oc­curred and the rel­a­tively close prox­im­ity of the two tar­geted res­i­dences.

The first in­ci­dent oc­curred about 2:30 a.m. April 16, four days prior, in the unit block of Cedar Hill Cir­cle, shortly after the three male vic­tims — one 19 years old, the other two, 17 — had re­turned home from a party, po­lice re­ported.

While on the sec­ond floor of the town­house, the three vic­tims heard ap­proach­ing foot­steps and then re­al­ized that their res­i­dence had been in­vaded, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

“They saw three black males stand­ing there, and they all had hand­guns,” Holmes said, adding, “One of the sus­pects struck the 19-year-old in the face and de­manded money.”

A sus­pect also struck one of the teens in the face and the back of the head, pos­si­bly with an ob­ject, Holmes re­ported. The as­saulted vic­tims de­clined med­i­cal treat­ment, he noted.

The rob­bers fled after steal­ing money from a safe, which was in a closet, po­lice said. They also stole a cell phone and a small amount of mar­i­juana, po­lice added.

The sus­pects are black men, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. One is de­scribed as be­ing “skinny,” about 5-feet-5-inches tall, wear­ing a ban­dana, a gray hooded sweat­shirt and gray sweat­pants. The other has a medium build and was wear­ing dark clothes and a red ban­dana that par­tially cov­ered his face. The third sus­pect was wear­ing a white ban­dana over most of his face. All three bran­dished hand­guns.

Four days later, three men in red masks com­mit­ted the rob­bery at the Ch­e­sa­peake Ridge Lane res­i­dence, after barg­ing into that apart­ment while the three res­i­dents — a woman, 26, and two men, 32 — were present, po­lice re­ported.

“They asked where the safe and money was, which was con­sis­tent with the other rob­bery. They made one of the male vic­tims get on the floor and then struck him in the head with a gun,” Holmes said, adding that the sus­pects fled after steal­ing money from a safe.

Ar­riv­ing CCSO deputies found the beaten man, who was “cov­ered in blood,” at the en­trance, ac­cord­ing to Holmes. An am­bu­lance trans­ported the in­jured man to Chris­tiana Hos­pi­tal in Delaware, where he was treated and later dis­charged.

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