COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. — Investigators hope an image captured on MnDOT traffic cameras will lead them to suspects they believe are responsible for an armed home invasion in Columbia Heights June 5.
Shortly after 12:15 that morning officers were dispatched to a home on the 4500 block of Madison Street Northeast on reports of a home invasion. On arrival they learned that four or five suspects had forced their way into the residence and awakened the 87- and 89-year-old homeowners and their 57-year-old son. The victims say they were held at gunpoint while the suspects demanded money, and at one point the 87-year-old man was hit in the head with a pistol so hard he required medical attention.
After taking a TV, a cell phone and wallet, the suspects left the home and fled in a vehicle at a high rate of speed, according to the Anoka County sheriff. MnDOT traffic cameras captured images of a vehicle thought to be driven by the suspects fleeing the area. It appears to be an SUV, green in color.
Anyone who recognizes the vehicle or knows anything about those responsible for the armed home invasion is asked to call Columbia Heights Police or the Anoka County Sheriff's Office at 763-427-1212.