Woman, children hide in closet during home invasion

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INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 26, 2015) - Detectives investigating an early morning home invasion in Franklin Township are also looking into the troubled past at the home.

Dispatchers received a 911 call just after 1 a.m. Monday from a house in the 4900 block of Five Points Road. The woman on the phone said she, along with 9 and 11-year-old children, were hiding in a closet from at least two intruders. She said her boyfriend had barricaded the bedroom door to keep the intruders out.

“Obviously, she was very scared,” said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams. “And police were on the way.  Dispatchers were trying to get information from her.”

The woman’s boyfriend told police he had been in the bedroom when he heard a loud boom at the back of the house. He had his girlfriend and the two children hid in the closet while he barricaded the bedroom door against the intruders, who were trying to get into the room. The suspects were one man and woman.

The male suspect fired a gun, striking the bedroom door, he said. By the time police arrived, the suspects had left. A back door had been left open. Nothing in the house appeared to be stolen.

As detectives look for leads in the case, they are also looking for any possible connections between the suspects and the victims in the house.

“We’ve had at least half a dozen runs to that residence dating back to August of 2014 for a variety of issues,” Adams said.

Those police runs include multiple domestic disturbances, a drug overdose, a theft of $2,700 cash, and a SWAT callout that ended with the homeowner surrendering to police in November 2014.

Neighbors like Lauren Hight say she and other people in the neighborhood have been concerned with illegal activity at the home for some time.  The Monday morning incident brings their concern to a new level.

“That’s a little concerning and very scary,” Hight said. “Especially, there’a ton of kids that live over here. When I first heard about the break-in and I heard it was that home, we all kind of said oh probably because of drugs.”

CBS4 is not identifying the homeowner since he is considered a victim in the latest incident.

Adams said the home invasion is not believed to be random, and detectives are looking for any connection to prior criminal activity involving the home and homeowner.

“If someone is practicing illegal behavior, they’re not only putting their own lives at risk, but they’re putting their family and their children and so that certainly is a concern for all of us as a society,” Adams said.

One of the suspects in the home invasion were described as a white male with blonde hair, wearing a black and grey hat. The second suspect was only described as an unknown female.

Anyone with information should call IMPD, or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

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