Suspect with butcher knife tried tying up victim in home invasion

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven police are investigating a home invasion after a woman says a man tried tying her up.

Just after 6 p.m. Wednesday, a New Haven officer was approached by a hysterical woman holding a butcher knife near the corner of Hazel and Newhall Streets. The 53-year-old woman told the officer that she had just escaped her home after an intruder tried tying her up.

The woman said she lived in a nearby first-floor apartment and was in her bedroom when a man came in, holding a butcher knife. She said the man ordered her to the bed and told her that he wouldn’t hurt her if she cooperated.

Police say the woman said he tried tying her hands behind her back, but got distracted and ran out of the bedroom, leaving the knife behind. That’s when the woman said she freed herself, took the knife, and ran outside, when she saw the officer, who called for additional help.

The woman described the intruder as a petite, black man with salt & pepper hair. He was wearing a beige coat at the time of the incident.

When officers got to the woman’s apartment, they found her roommate, a 64-year-old woman who they say had been assaulted and was lying on the floor with a bruise on her face. Police say she wasn’t able to provide any significant details as to what happened. She was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital and is expected to be OK.

Police say the intruder fled before they arrived. They searched, but weren’t able to find him.

Anyone who may have seen anything, or has any information is asked to call police at (203)946-6304. Calls may be made anonymously.

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