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Man injured in armed home invasion in Columbia

Thursday, August 7, 2014 | 12:23 p.m. CDT; updated 4:25 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 7, 2014

COLUMBIA — Three armed men forced their way into a north Columbia apartment and injured a man during the robbery, police said.

At 4:45 a.m., Columbia Police Department officers responded to the 3300 block of Premier Lane after receiving a 911 call. During the call, operators could hear men in the background yelling for money, according to a news release.

Upon arrival, officers learned that three men with handguns had forced their way into the apartment, the release said.

Six people — a 52-year-old man, a 25-year-old and 21-year-old woman, and three children younger than 6 — were in the apartment when the intruders busted in. The robbers tied up the man and struck him in the head with an object. The intruders demanded money and searched the apartment.

The three men fled the apartment with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the release.

The victim who had been hit was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and he has since been released. No one else was injured during the home invasion.

The gunmen were described as men with average builds. One of them had dreadlocks. No arrests have been made, and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call the Columbia Police Department at 874-7652 or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477 or go to the website at 875tips.com.


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