A couple on Lombardy Place were the victims of a violent home invasion early Monday morning, where two men wearing masks and armed with handguns broke into the home and assaulted the male resident before fleeing, police said.
At around 3:13 a.m. on August 19, Maplewood Police “received a frantic 911 call from a woman reporting that someone had entered her home and assaulted her fiance” after threatening both and demanding money, according to a release from Chief Jim DeVaul.
After a “violent struggle,” the male victim was able to take control of one of the handguns and reportedly shot off a round at the masked men, who then escaped through the back door, said DeVaul. Police have not confirmed if either of the men was shot; they have notified local hospitals to be on the alert.
Police located a car with fake NJ license plates in a nearby parking lot. Detectives are continuing to investigate and interview witnesses, said DeVaul, who said the resident appears to have been targeted and “there is no reason to believe the public is in any further danger.”
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