Police: Resident held at gunpoint in Aspen Heights home invasion

Friday, August 30, 2013 | 7:08 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Police responded to a report of a home invasion robbery at the Aspen Heights student residential complex early Friday morning.

Officers were called to the 3700 block of Aspen Heights Parkway at 12:02 a.m. According to a news release from the Columbia Police Department, a male victim went to answer a knock at the door, and two people entered by pointing a handgun at him and demanded money.

After being confronted by another resident of the home, the robbers left in an older-model gray car, where a third person was waiting for them, police said. No one was injured during the robbery.

According to the news release, officers responding to the area saw a gray, four-door vehicle coming from the area near the lumber yard on Ponderosa Street and attempted to follow it. The pursuit ended for safety reasons.

Police said they didn't know Friday whether the vehicle was involved in the robbery.

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident contact the Police Department or call CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

"Aspen Heights is working closely with the Columbia Police Department to address the alleged robbery that occurred," Aspen Heights spokesman Stuart Watkins said.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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