Police investigate two home invasions

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Youngstown police are investigating two separate home invasions reported early Wednesday.

A 40-year-old Ohio Avenue woman told police she was sleeping in a back room of her home about 4 a.m. when she was awakened by three men standing over her in dark clothes with covered faces demanding money.

One of the men grabbed the woman’s purse and dumped it out taking her wallet, cellphone and three prescription bottles containing various pills.

The three men then ran from the house. The victim told police she did not hear a vehicle drive away after the men ran left.

Police determined the men entered the house after kicking in the front door.

A 56-year-old North Osborne man told police two men broke into his West Side home and assaulted him and a 30-year-old friend who was visiting from Austintown.

According to police, the resident of the home was lying on a sofa about 2:30 a.m. when he heard someone attempting to open his front door. He opened the door to see who it was and was pushed backward by two men. The men began choking and beating him.

The friend was assaulted as he walked from an adjacent room into the living room where the resident was being assaulted.

The resident told the men to take whatever they wanted and leave to which one of the men replied, “I only want your life.”

Police recovered six bullets and a glove apparently left behind by the assailants after they ran out of the home.

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