Roommate: Man pistol-whipped twice after 2 thieves forced their way into home

Robbers pistol-whip victim in home invasion

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The roommate of the victim of a home invasion in Richmond says his friend opened the door for the suspects and was pistol-whipped twice in the head.

The roommate asked for his identity to be concealed for safety reasons and said the men knocked on their home’s door in the 800 block of Catherine Street at 3:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The suspects asked for one of the residents who lives in the home by name. The victim felt comfortable enough to open the door, but the suspects pushed their way inside and held him at gunpoint.

The suspects pistol-whipped the victim twice in the head and demanded money, his cell phone and a pair of nearby headphones.

Police say the suspects fled on bicycles.

The man the suspects asked for did not know who the men were. The roommate said the victim’s head is swollen but he’s otherwise OK.

“I’m just glad nobody was really hurt or harmed or killed," said neighbor Janice Bates, who has lived on the block for 23 years. “I just want the students to know they need to be mindful of their surroundings.”

The suspects may have checked a piece of mail to get the name of a person who lives in the house. That would make anyone answering the door more likely to be thrown off or falsely put at ease.

The VCU Police Department issued an alert Saturday afternoon as a result of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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