Search underway after home invasion

A home on Oakwood Lane in Columbia was the scene of an armed home invasion, July 24, 2014.

COLUMBIA, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut state police are actively searching for two men involved in an overnight home invasion in the town of Columbia.

Things were quiet Thursday afternoon deep in the woods of Columbia on Oakwood Lane but earlier it was a far different scene.

”There was a state cop there and he told me he said I had to stop. He comes over and says ‘what is your purpose here?,’ I said I’m taking care of my client,” said Karen Paquet, who works in the neighborhood as a personal care assistant.

Shortly after 2:00 in the morning, State Police tell News 8 they received a phone call from someone who was hiding in their bedroom. They told them that there were people in their home and they had weapons. When authorities responded the people described in the phone call where nowhere to be found, but the person who reached out was discovered injured, police think they were assaulted.

“He was treated by EMS at the scene and was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for a non life threatening injury,” said Lt. Paul Vance with the Connecticut State Police.

The man in the house says was assaulted by the two men, who then took off. State police in a news release said:

The suspects are described as two males: #1 is described as 5’5”, wearing dark clothes and dark knit cap and in possession of a handgun; suspect #2 is reported to be 5’9”, dark knit cap and in possession of a long gun.


Police say they are in the process of following leads and are still searching for the two culprits and people like Ms. Paquet say it is their hope that they make an arrest soon.

“I hope they find them, do something about it, stop this nonsense,” said Paquet.

A stolen vehicle was found about half a mile away from where the home invasion happened however at this time it’s not clear if it is in any way connected to the incident.

This may not be the first time police have been to the home. One person who spoke with News 8’s Kent Pierce said “the same exact thing happened at the same exact house three weeks ago. Draw your own conclusions.”

Columbia doesn’t have its own police force; it utilizes a resident state trooper.

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