DOVER, Del. - Two frightening home invasions in the Dover area this week. In one incident, robbers force two teenagers into a basement. In the second, a woman escapes unharmed after two men break into her home.
Police say four to five black males wearing masks terrorized two teenagers in a quiet Dover neighborhood Monday night. Around 11 p.m. a 19-year-old man came home through his garage when the suspects allegedly confronted and assaulted him.
"Then as they went inside, they went into the 14-year-old's bedroom, got her out of her bed where she was sleeping and forced them down into the basement," Delaware State Police Corporal Gary Fournier said.
The suspects then reportedly took off with computers, flat-screen TV's, and cell phones.
In a separate, unrelated incident in the Wild Quail neighborhood of Camden-Wyoming, a 53-year-old woman came home Tuesday evening to unexpected company.
"She went inside the house and went into her study where she began reading a book. within a few minutes she got up to go to the bathroom," Corporal Fournier said.
That's when she saw two large men standing in her kitchen.
"She immediately ran from the study, up to her bedroom where she activated an alarm for the house," Fournier said.
She managed to get out of the house and call for help.
A scary ordeal for all the victims in both of these crimes. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured, but the suspects are on the loose and police are urging residents to stay vigilant.
"The biggest protector is to be alert. Make sure you know your surroundings," Corporal Fournier said.
The young man assaulted in Monday night's incident suffered only minor injuries. Anyone with information on any of these crimes is asked to call Delaware State Police.
With the holidays just around the corner, police say it's the perfect time to check that your alarm system is working properly.
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