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Police seek suspects in overnight home invasions
CTV Calgary Staff
Published Tuesday, October 18, 2016 5:07AM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 18, 2016 1:23PM MDT
Calgary police are investigating a pair of home invasions that happened in two different parts of the city and are working to determine if they are connected.
Officers were called to the community of Springbank Hill just after midnight and say a group of people armed with knives and bats forced their way into a home on Springborough Point.
The suspects demanded cash from the occupant of the home and assaulted him before fleeing with money and personal property.
The victim was treated by EMS at the scene and released.
A couple of hours later, police were called to reports of a home invasion at a residence in the Mayland Heights area.
Investigators say two men broke into a home in the 600 block of 19 Street N.E. and demanded cash.
One resident from the home was taken to hospital in stable condition with a stab wound and a second person was transported with minor injuries.
Rene Decoteau, one of the victims of the incident in Mayland Heights, said the assailants surprised him when they smashed through the front door.
"I was asleep. I heard all this banging from downstairs. Next thing I know, the door came down and two guys came flying up the stairs. They held a 12 inch knife to my throat and started demanding money and weed," he said.
Decoteau, who feared that he might be stabbed, told the suspects that he didn't have anything.
"My roommate got up and locked himself in the bathroom. They were patting me down and I thought he was going to cut my throat."
He says the suspects assaulted him when they found nothing and says he has no idea why his home was targeted. "I have no idea. I've been here over a year. I didn't know my roommate before I moved in. He's crippled, I'm crippled. The only drugs I've got are what the doctor prescribed, same with him, This neighbourhood is getting crazy lately."
Police are still trying to confirm whether or not the two incidents are related but say there are similarities between the two.
No one is in custody in connection with either incident and police are still looking for suspects.
The first suspect is described as:
- Black male
- Approximately 5'9" tall
- Slim build
- Goatee and moustache
- Wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans
The second suspect is described as:
- Approximately 6' tall
- Wearing a red and black hoodie
Police say the suspects used similar masks and weapons in both incidents and that the attacks were not random.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637