Men force entry to rob apartment; one suspect at large

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | 6:57 p.m. CDT; updated 7:04 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 4, 2013

COLUMBIA — Three men forced their way into an apartment near Jefferson City Monday night after a resident heard a knock and opened the front door, according to a news release from the Cole County Sheriff's Department.

After entering the apartment on Collier Court, the men made two of the four residents lie on the floor while they robbed the apartment. One resident was hit in the head with a hand gun as he laid on the floor, according to the release.

One of the men had a handgun, one was armed with a hammer and it is unknown whether the third suspect had a weapon, according to the release.

The men left the apartment with cash and several electronic devices. The victims were able to describe the suspects' vehicle and the direction in which they drove.

Sheriff's deputies located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. When the vehicle did not stop, there was a short chase that ended with the car crashing into a rock bluff near Route C and Hemstreet Road. The men ran away, but deputies were able to capture two of them with the assistance of the Jefferson City Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Two men were arrested and taken to Cole County Jail, where they are waiting for formal charges of robbery in the first degree, armed criminal action, assault in the second degree and resisting arrest by fleeing.

The third man is still at large and police have not identified him. The investigation is ongoing.

Supervising editor is Shaina Cavazos.

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