Police: Medical marijuana patient targeted in home invasion

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The victim of a recent home invasion in South Kingstown has a license to grow marijuana – and police believe the crime was not a random act of violence.

A male resident and his two children were in the backyard of their Mooresfield Road home on August 10 when they were confronted by two armed men.

The suspects struck the man in the back of the head and forced him into his home, where they bound him with zip ties. A woman was asleep in a bedroom at the time, and she was also assaulted and tied up, according to police.

The two children were placed in a separate bedroom away from their parents, but were not physically harmed.

Police said the resident is a licensed marijuana patient and was actively growing plants at the residence.

The suspects made off with an undetermined amount of money, jewelry, and marijuana.

Police said both suspects are Hispanic males. The first is described as standing 5-foot-8, weighing about 180 pounds, and was fully clad in camouflage with black gloves and tan shoes with white soles. He had black panty hose on his head to disguise his face and brandished a blue revolver with wood grips.

The second suspect is described as standing 5-foot-8, weighing about 220 pounds, and was wearing a gray New England Patriots sweatshirt, black athletic pants with a white stripe, a black ski mask over his face, and fabric gloves with red neoprene palms and fingertips. He had an automatic pistol with a matte silver finish and black grips, according to police.

Police said they’re now working to identify the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Josh Eidam at (401) 783-3321 ext. 318.

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