Police investigate armed home invasion on South Phoenix Road

Sunday, January 20, 2013 | 4:40 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Police are investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred Saturday night at the 3900 block of South Phoenix Road.

At 8:56 p.m., a male victim was home when he heard a knock at the door. He yelled to see who was there and heard a male yell a different name through the door, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

The victim opened the door and two men forced their way into the house, the release said. The owner attempted to push the door shut, but the two suspects overpowered him and entered the residence.

The suspects were armed with handguns and a crow bar, the release said. Once the suspects were in the residence they struck a dog with the crow bar and tied up the victim.

The suspects then ransacked the residence and demanded drugs and money.

The victim was able to free himself and run from the residence. As he was running, one of the suspects fired one round at the victim, the release said. The victim was not struck by the bullet.

The suspects fled the scene on foot from the rear of the residence after taking two large bags of property, the release said. The investigation is ongoing.

Supervising editor is Karen Miller.

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