Armed home invasion rattles Lynchburg neighborhood
LYNCHBURG NEWS & ADVANCE
Published: January 29, 2009
An armed home robbery disturbed a usually peaceful city neighborhood Tuesday night, bringing police to the area and shaking up residents.
According to a news release from the Lynchburg Police Department, the incident happened at about 9:15 p.m., in the 200 block of Reno Drive, in the Old Graves Mill Road area.
One of two residents in the home answered the door and was met by two men, one armed with an “assault-type” rifle, according to the release, and wearing a mask. The other suspect was unarmed, police said.
Police said that another suspect — who was not armed but participated in the robbery — has been identified, although police are not yet releasing that suspect’s name.
Cindy Barber, a nearby neighbor, said Wednesday that she was watching an action movie with her husband when she heard the shots.
“I heard one shot, which I kind of dismissed as a cracking branch or something,” she said, referring to the ice that had accumulated on the trees.
“Shortly after, like about 10 seconds, I heard two more shots,” she said. “Bam, bam! And that sounded like gunfire.”
No one was injured during the robbery, police said.
The victims said the intruders left the scene in what appeared to be a white Dodge Intrepid, according to police.
Barber, who has lived at her house for about 10 years, said neighbors hope the robbery was an isolated incident.
“I’m surprised that this has happened, and I don’t know what we can really do about it,” Barber said.
She described the neighborhood as quiet. She said neighbors have talked about the crime and are hoping to keep a better watch on the neighborhood, to prevent similar incidents from happening again.
“Just the fact that we’re all speaking with each other and communicating is important, and is reassuring,” she said.
Barber said though the neighbors are taking the incident seriously, she isn’t planning to do things much differently than she has for the past 10 years.
“I think because it’s just the one incident,” she said, “I’m not going to put my house up for sale or anything.”
Anyone with information on the incident should call the Lynchburg Police Department at 455-6054 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900.