COLUMBIA – Two people were injured and five men were apprehended in connection with a burglary and assault that took place at 908 Huntridge Drive on Thursday afternoon.
The Columbia Police Department SWAT Team was called in to a second residence located at 3709 Blue Cedar at about 3:30 p.m., where the five suspects were eventually apprehended, Columbia Police spokeswoman Jill Wieneke said.
A standoff lasted about 25 minutes before four of the men exited the home at Blue Cedar. A fifth man was detained in connection to the residence at Blue Cedar.
Two male residents of the Huntridge Drive residence were injured and drove themselves to a hospital. A third person inside the home, a female, was reported uninjured. The residents were described as “college-aged” by Wieneke.
No property was taken from the residence and the motive is unknown, according to the news release.
Officers were dispatched to the Huntridge residence around 2:17 p.m. after a receiving a report of assault with several suspects, according to a Columbia Police Department news release. Wieneke said three men are believed to have entered the Huntridge home.
According to the news release, the suspects had already left the scene when officers arrived.
Upon arrival at the Huntridge residence, police learned that a man had knocked on the door and asked to use the phone. One of the male residents let the suspect enter. The other man and woman in the home were downstairs at the time.
According to the release, a second man in a mask suddenly entered the residence. He struck the male resident in the face and knocked out some of his teeth. A struggle ensued.
The man and woman came upstairs when they heard the sounds of a fight. Another male suspect entered the home at some point during the scuffle, according to the news release.
The three suspects were eventually chased out of the house, according to the news release.
The second male resident was reported to have sustained injuries to his knee.
Information about a possible suspect vehicle provided by the Huntridge residents led police to the second location at 3709 Blue Cedar, Wieneke said. The vehicle was described as a black Ford Explorer.
Officers surrounded the Blue Cedar residence and attempted to make contact with the suspects believed to be inside the home over loudspeaker and by telephone, according to the news release.
Although some members of the SWAT Team were already on duty, the full SWAT Team was officially called to the scene at Blue Ridge at approximately 3:30 p.m. because of the suspects’ refusal to exit and the severity of the crime, according to the new release.
Wieneke said four men exited this residence after the 25-minute standoff. A fifth man, who was seen coming and going from the Blue Cedar home, was also detained, Wieneke said.
Officers then searched the home for other suspects and evidence, according to the news release.
About 15 officers, as well as several supervisors and detectives, were involved at both locations, Wieneke said.
Wieneke said she would describe the suspects as late teens or early 20s.