Henrico Police search for suspects in home invasion

By Laura Geller - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Police need your help finding suspects in a Henrico home invasion who are still on the loose.  Robbers, armed with a gun, broke into a home on the 2500 block of Burnley Avenue, near Lakeside Elementary School.

They got away with money, electronics and some other items.  Victims tell us the ordeal was shocking. It's difficult to think about, but imagine you return home from a fun day at a family birthday party to find your home ransacked and robbers shoving a gun in your face.

Four people confronted that reality Sunday night and now police are searching for the crooks.

Nothing looked unusual when one man and three others returned home from a birthday party, earlier than expected Sunday night.  One of their roommates seemed to be just hanging out with three friends. But that all changed in an instant.

The man tells NBC12, "I walked to my room and everything was flipped, the mattress, everything."

His room ransacked, the victim, who didn't want to be identified, says he turned to ask what was going on and found a gun in his face.

He says, "I really think they planned on shooting us when they left there because everyone had seen their faces. They didn't have masks on or anything.  The gun was loaded and the guy was just acting real hostile."

The suspects stole money, electronics, a decorative sword and an axe.  As he was lying flat on the floor thinking about how to save his family and friends in the house, the man tells us things started to come together in his mind.

His roommate hadn't been victimized, his room not ravaged. One of the friends was someone he had banned from visiting the home. As police weed through the confusing tale, this man is almost sure it was a set up.

He tells us, "He knew what was going on and he let it happen."  He goes on to say, "I don't even think they planned on us showing back up when we did. I don't think that was part of the plan but when we showed back up everything went down hill from there."

The victim says the roommate he's suspicious of, moved out the day after the crime.  No arrests have been made.  If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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