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EPD says couple sleeping before assaulted and robbed by three men

Officers with the Evansville Police Department responded to a residential burglary just after midnight in the 300 block of West Missouri Street.

The two victims told police they were sleeping when three men forced their way into the bedroom and demanded to know "Where's the money?".

Police say the female victim tried to wake up the male victim, but was knocked unconscious after they hit her over the head with a blunt object.

EPD says the suspects then struck the male victim several times with a handgun in the face.

Officials say the suspects took jewelry and a cell phone.

The victims were unable to give a good description because the men were all wearing black hoodies and ski masks.

And unfortunately, this scenario, masked men kicking in a door and robbing people, is all too familiar for the EPD lately.

"We've had a number of these home invasion robberies over the last few weeks.  There's been a number of them," EPD Captain Andy Chandler said.

 

So far, police don't have a lot to go on as far as the suspects' descriptions. They say they're trying to find out why or even if this home was targeted and whether or not this robbery is connected to others.

"Could they be related? It is a possibility. We don't see anything as of yet to indicate that they are related," Capt. Chandler said. "They may just be copy cats. These are all questions we're still looking into and we just don't know at this point."

Police say these home invasion robberies have been happening in multiple neighborhoods in the south, southeast and near downtown areas of the city.

Some tips they have for homeowners to protect themselves- check your locks, even add a deadbolt or an inside brace. 

If you can, install an alarm, security system or a motion activated light and lock inner doors.

 

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