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HBPD seek suspects in armed home invasion

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter

Holmes Beach Police Department investigators are seeking three suspects in a Nov. 21 armed home invasion in the 3600 block of Sixth Avenue.

According to the police report, an HBPD officer was on routine patrol when he was flagged down by a woman who was visibly upset. The woman said she and her roommates were just robbed at gunpoint while in their residence.

The victim said she was in the front room looking at her new cellphone while two females and a male were either sleeping in other rooms or watching television.

She heard a knock and opened the door.

Three masked men forced their way into the home and pushed her to the ground. According to the report, one man was armed with a shotgun and at least one other man had a handgun.

The men, she said, demanded the whereabouts of money and drugs they apparently suspected were in the home.

Two men entered the back bedrooms and forced all the residents into the bathroom. The male victim tried to resist and was hit in the head with the butt of the shotgun by one of the suspects, causing a small laceration and the temporary loss of consciousness.

The suspects rummaged through the house while the victims remained in the bathroom and left a short time later on foot, according to the victims, who reported they did not hear a vehicle start up when the suspects fled.

Bradenton Beach Police Department officers, as well as Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies, responded to the scene to establish a perimeter. An MCSO helicopter also circled the area, but no one suspicious was located.

The victims told police they would not be able to identify the men because the suspects all wore masks.

The suspects made off with two purses, a wallet and two cell phones, all valued at $1,011.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call HBPD at 941-708-5804.

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