Thursday, July 7, 2011

1 hurt in Bradenton home invasion

MANATEE -- One person was injured in a home invasion early Thursday in Bradenton, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 5:45 a.m., two men and a woman were smoking outside a residence in the 3300 block of 52nd Avenue Drive West, when three suspects approached from the road and forced everyone at gunpoint into the home, according to a news release.

The suspects ordered the victims to hand over the "money and the drugs," and the victims were put into bedrooms as the assailants ransacked the house. At one point, they tried to drill into a gun safe, but they were unsuccessful in opening it, according to the report.
After about 20 minutes, the suspects left the house and fled in an unknown direction. The report said it was not known whether anything was taken during the robbery.

A third male victim had been asleep on a couch and sometime during the incident, he was pistol whipped about the head. He was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

A 3 1/2-year-old child also in the house was not injured.

The first suspect was described as standing about 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing a navy blue hoodie, baggie pants and black gloves. He was carrying a revolver, according to the report.

The second suspect was described as standing about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing about 160 to 170 pounds. He was wearing a hat, a bandana and black gloves, and he was carrying a backpack.

The third suspect was described as standing about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. There was no clothing description, according to the report.

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