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Manhunt for New Paris area home invaders/robbers

By Ed Ernstes
Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:50:33 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 05 2013 05:03:53 PM CST

WSBT's Ed Ernstes reports on the search for two men suspected of forcing their way into a New Paris area home and robbing an older couple.

NEW PARIS -

Elkhart County police are investigating a home invasion and robbery that left one man with serious injuries.

It happened Monday night at a home south of New Paris along a busy stretch of State Road 15.

Neighbor Steven Bollman had dozed off at home when he was alerted by the family pet that something was going on next door.

"I fell asleep watching TV, and I woke up with the dog barking," described Bollman. "I opened the door and seen about seven police cars, county police cars, in the driveway and on the front of the road."

Bollman grabbed his flashlight, went outside to see if there was anything he could do and saw county officers going into the home.

Police were tight-lipped about what happened.

It was around 9:40 p.m. Monday night when police say two men forced their way into the home and then struck a man inside with a metal object and then took guns, money and electronics from the home. No word on how they fled the scene.

"I did observe blood on the foyer floor," added Bollman. I was close enough to the front door that I seen the floor was covered with blood, so I knew somebody was injured."

The injured homeowner, who is 82-years-old, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"We try to watch out for one another in the neighborhood and keep an eye out for strange vehicles and that kind of thing," Bollman said. "But we're a pretty heavy traveled area right here and usually don't have a whole lot of problems with that, but it will definitely make me more observant from now on."

Police have just a vague description of the suspects: 2 black men, both thin, possibly around 40-years-old. 

If you have any information about this crime or the suspects involved, please contact the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department at (574) 533-4151.