Two women victimized by armed home invaders

May 14, 2019

Two armed men burst into an occupied Rochester residence early Saturday, robbed two women, and then left.

The robbery was reported to police at 1:18 a.m., said Rochester Police Lt. Gretchen O’Neil. Two women living at a residence in the 4500 block of 13th Avenue Northwest, answered a knock on the door after having had company earlier in the evening. They assumed someone from earlier was returning, O’Neil said.

Instead, two men, one armed with a handgun, one with a rifle, rushed in the door and held the women at gunpoint. One of the women was in bed, and the suspect with the rifle pointed it at her face, demanding drugs and money. She told him she didn’t know what he was talking about, O’Neil said.

One suspect said something to the effect that “Your people robbed me, now I’m robbing you.”

The men, described as in their 20s, grabbed some property and left the house.

The women told police they didn’t recognize the men. A police K-9 unit was called to the scene but did not pick up a track, O’Neil said.