Police said three men, one armed with a handgun, barged into a residence near the 10500 block of Eastwind Way on Wednesday night and held a man and a woman captive inside their family room while the home was ransacked.
The men fled when they realized a third person was in the home and had called police.
It was the second home invasion reported in Columbia in three days.
Police said nothing was stolen and no one was injured in the most recent attack.
The following descriptions of the suspects were provided by police:
- Black male, 5’ 8”, approximately 16 to 17 years old, thin build, short cropped hair, clean shaven
- Black male 5’9” to 6”, approximately 18 years old, dreadlocks, thin build, dark complexion and wearing dark blue clothing.
- Black male, 5’ 6”, thin build, black mask, dark color clothing and displaying a handgun.
The Eastwind Way home invasion, which reportedly occurred around 10 p.m. on Dec. 19, happened about two days after three men allegedly broke into a King's Contrivance residence. In that incident the suspects reportedly held three of the occupants at gunpoint with an assault rifle and stole cash, Nike shoes, prescription medicine and a pit bull puppy.
Police spokesperson Sherry Lllewellyn said in an email, "There is nothing to indicate these two cases are related and it is unknown if the victims were targeted. Detectives are still investigating."
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