Groton Police search for suspects in armed home invasion

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH)– Groton police are looking for two armed masked men who assaulted a woman with a bat during a home invasion Wednesday night.

Police say just before 10 p.m., officers responded to 91 Buddington Road for the report of a home invasion. Two masked men dressed in dark clothing had entered the home holding a firearm and a baseball bat.

Police say a woman in the home who is in her late 40s or early 50s was struck numerous times with the baseball bat. She was taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She was treated and released.

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“To even think they came in and hurt somebody that’s even more scary for me,” said Bev Lajoie who lives down the street.

All four people in the house were held at gunpoint. The victims say the suspects stole various gaming systems, cash, and cell phones before fleeing on foot.

“It must have been terrifying,” said neighbor Sue Ruggieri. “I could never imagine. Never.”

The suspects are described as being two males with thin builds who were wearing dark clothing and had their faces covered. The victims told police that one of the suspects referred to the other suspect as “Alec or Alex.”

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“I did see a couple of guys last night when I was sitting on the porch. They had heavy jackets on and stuff. But I didn’t think anything of it,” said neighbor Allan Delph who doesn’t believe the men he saw were the suspects. Still he remains on guard.

The man who lives next door to the victim tells News 8 she went to his house after being beaten and asked to use his phone so she could call police.

Detectives were back on scene Thursday morning. Groton Police Chief Louis J. Fusaro, Jr. says they have developed some leads.

“There’s no threat to the public,” said Chief Fusaro. “There’s no indications that this was more than an isolated incident.”

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Even though this home may have been targeted neighbors are not taking any chances.

“Absolutely not,” said Ruggieri. “I’ll never leave my door unlocked again.”

“We’re going to start bolting and locking all the doors and making sure all the windows are locked because this is a serious situation,” said Delph.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Groton Police at (860) 441-6712.