Pierce County sheriff’s investigators are looking into two home-invasion robberies early today. It appears the victims in both cases were targeted.
“There was no indication (either) was random violence,” detective Sgt. Jerry Bates said.
The first robbery occurred just before 1:45 a.m. at a home in the 2300 block of 164th Street East. The suspects kicked in the door and confronted the victims. At least one suspect wielded a gun, Bates said.
At least two victims were injured and taken to St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. They were reportedly hit on the head, possibly with a tire iron, Bates said.
Neighbors heard the early morning commotion and watched as the suspects carried property stolen from the victims’ house to another home down the street, Bates said.
One person has been taken into custody and deputies were searching for others. Detectives were processing the victims’ house and planned to execute a search warrant on the suspect’s residence.
Bates said the victims and suspects were known to each other.
The second home-invasion robbery was reported just before 3:30 a.m. The victim went to a grocery store at 133rd Street East and Meridian to call 911.
The robbery occurred at an apartment in the 13500 block of 98th Avenue Court East, Bates said. As deputies arrived on the scene, they spotted two men with dark bandanas over their faces. The men took off running and deputies chased them.
It doesn’t appear any arrests were made, Bates said.