Home invasion victim still shaken, suspect on the loose

Two home invasions in St. Joseph County over the weekend left elderly residents in two neighborhoods on high alert and no one under arrest.

The first incident happened Friday night in the 54000 block of Ivy Court around 8:30 p.m. A man reportedly knocked in a couple’s door and robbed them at gunpoint. While the couple was not injured, the suspect got away with money.

Then, an older woman was targeted in the 18600 block of Paul’s Way Saturday around 8:20 p.m.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

The victim spoke to Newscenter 16 about her experience but asked that her name be withheld.

The suspect approached her home and tried to talk to her through her window.

“He started talking about dogs and made it sound like he had found a dog,” she said.

She did not open the door for him. Moments later, the suspect took a more forceful approach.

“I learned after the fact that he was breaking the doorknob on my storm door,” the victim said.

Then, he went to the back of her house and shattered a glass door to make his way inside.

“The glass was just everywhere,” she said.

She managed to hide in her den as the suspect went through her bedroom drawers.

“I was too afraid to come out,” she said. “I pressed the alarm on my panic button. It immediately started.”

The man still got away with money and some money and jewelry.

Lt. Matt Blank tells Newscenter 16 that investigators are still working these cases. The suspect descriptions in both incidents are very similar. Police are looking for a white or Hispanic man, about six feet all, with brown wavy hair. If you have information, contact police.


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