Four attackers injure two in Roanoke Co. home invasion
By Amanda Codispoti| The Roanoke Times
Four masked men bound and beat two men inside a Roanoke County house in the second home invasion robbery in the area in four days, police said.
The victims of the Sunday night crime, Larry Dunbar, 34, and Andrew Mullen, 18, were treated at a hospital for injuries that police described as not life threatening. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital treated Mullen and released him, said spokeswoman Allie Buth, who didn't have information on Dunbar's treatment.
One of the robbers fired at least two pistol shots in the holdup inside Dunbar's house in the 3300 block of Rutrough Road in the Mount Pleasant section. No one was hit.
Vinton police reported several men burst into a house on Bush Farm Drive on Feb. 17, then tied up and beat the occupants. Detectives are investigating whether the crimes are linked, said Roanoke County Lt. Chuck Mason. The victims of Sunday's crime were targeted by the assailants, not chosen at random, said Mason. He wouldn't elaborate.
Victims of the Vinton home invasion also were targeted by their attackers, police said.
Dunbar and Mullen told police the assailants burst into the house about 11:45 p.m. Sunday. The intruders beat the men with weapons and demanded cash, Mason said. The robbers tied up Dunbar and Mullen, fired the shots and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, Mason said. He said the robbers may have fled in a dark-colored SUV.
Dunbar and Mullen freed themselves and called for help from a neighbor's house.
Anyone with information about the Roanoke County robbery is asked to call police at 777-8641.
-- Amanda Codispoti