Derry ? Four masked gunmen broke into a Franklin Street apartment around midnight today, injuring the resident before fleeing the scene empty-handed, Derry Police said.
The resident, Derek Waldron, 22, of 86 Franklin St., told police he heard someone jiggling the handle of the apartment door and assumed it was his roommate. When he opened the door the four individuals, three wearing ski masks and one wearing a bandanna over his face, forced themselves into the apartment, knocking Waldron to the ground, Derry Police Capt. Vernon Thomas said.
One of the gunmen then hit Waldron in the head with the butt of the handgun. When another suspect suggested that Waldron be duct-taped, Waldron scrambled to a neighboring apartment and called police, Thomas said.
The gunmen fled before police arrived. Nothing appeared to be missing, but Waldron pointed out that his safe was moved from its usual storage spot, Thomas said.
Waldron declined treatment for his minor injuries.
The matter remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Derry Police at 432-6111.