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Richmond home invasion leads to pistol whipping

Posted at 4:09 PM, Dec 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-16 22:55:43-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond police are investigating after a second armed home invasion in the city's Fulton Hill neighborhood.

Officers were called to the 5200 block of Parker Street at 1:13 p.m. Tuesday for a report of an assault and robbery, according to Richmond Police Department Public Affairs Officer James Mercante.

A woman told detectives that the suspect knocked on her door, and then forced his way into the house.

She said he brandished a handgun and struck her in the head.

The suspect stole a purse and a bag of items and then fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a thin build. He was last seen wearing an orange puffy jacket.

Neighbors living in Fulton Hill are scared. One woman who spoke to CBS 6 News reporter Sandra Jones on the condition of anonymity because she was too afraid to show her face.

"You don't know if it's guns, if people are trying to come and rob you or what," she said. "I just hope that maybe it's somebody they know or something like that."

A few blocks away on Carlisle Avenue, another violent home invasion was reported on Monday afternoon.

Detectives said the victim was doing some renovations inside the house when they said the suspect walked in, pointed a gun at him and demanded money.

The suspect shot the man and then got away.

And that's what worries the neighbor -- and why she's taking every precaution possible.

"I'll be more careful... If I hear a knock, I will be looking through the window. And I'll keep looking up," the woman said.

Richmond police are investigating, but could not say if the two incidents are connected or if the victims knew the suspects.

If you have any information that could help police, call Crimestoppers at 804-780-1000.