Police: Armed suspect ties up victims in Manchester home invasion

Manchester police cruiser (file).

MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — A masked male with a gun tied up people in a Manchester apartment during a home invasion early Saturday morning, police say.

Manchester police say the suspect broke in to an apartment at 1196 West Middle Turnpike around 2:15 a.m. and confronted residents inside. They say he forced them to the ground, tied them up, and began searching for items to steal. No one was injured.

According to authorities, a perimeter was established and dogs were brought in after the suspect fled, but police couldn’t find him.

A woman who lives next to the apartment where the home invasion happened thinks her home was targeted too.

“We were woken up by the cops and that’s when I found my window open and then our screen door from the back was open as well. All the purses were found on the floor all together,” Samantha Sibuiu said.

Some neighbors in the area tell News 8 they plan on keeping an extra eye out in the wake of the break in.

“I’m definitely going to make sure that the front door is locked and closed,” said Kellie Gilbert. “A lot of people know each other there’s always the chance they might leave the door cracked open.”

Officials advise area residents to lock windows and doors, and report any suspicious activity to the Manchester Police Department at (860) 645-5500.

Anyone with information about this armed home invasion or the suspect is asked to call the Manchester Police Department Detective Division at (860) 645-5510. Calls can remain anonymous.

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