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Masked gunman breaks into home, demands money



Published: Tue, July 17, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A masked gunman forced his way into a North Liberty Street home and demanded money from a couple and their three children, police said.

Police said the 26-year-old man who lives in the home was hit on the head as he struggled with the intruder over the gun. Police said the gun went off but nobody was injured.

The North Liberty Street man was later treated at St. Francis Hospital.

Police said the intruder appeared on the front porch at about 11:52 p.m. Monday and forced his way past a 28-year-old woman in the house, who had answered a knock at the front door.

Police said that after she saw the gun, the woman ran through the house and out the back door. The intruder followed, forced her to the ground and demanded money.

The 26-year-old man who lives in the home went to the back porch, pushed the gunman away from the woman and the two men started to wrestle on the ground, police said.

She ran into the house, got a portable telephone and ran to a neighbor's yard and called police. She then heard another man say, "We gotta go," and saw two men running down the driveway, police said.




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