LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — Lincoln police are looking for a pair of armed suspects who attacked a 32-year-old man and his 67-year-old mother and threatened a young child in their home late Wednesday night.
According to police, the two men apparently got into the Grafton Street home through a first-floor window around 11:45 p.m. Both men were carrying semi-automatic handguns.
Once inside, police said the suspects woke up the sleeping victims, pistol-whipped the son and assaulted his mother before ransacking the home. Police later learned that the suspects demanded money and jewelry from the victims while holding the 2-year-old child at gunpoint.
Captain Philip Gould of the Lincoln Police Department said the two victims have significant injuries to the face and are being treated at the hospital.
“They’re both being treated, I was told that the adult male was getting surgery this afternoon, so they are pretty significant injuries,” Gould said.
Police said, while the child was not hurt, she was taken to the hospital as well.
Investigators do not believe the home invasion was random, saying the male victim may have been seen wearing the jewelry on social media.
Gould said people need to be careful what they post to social media in order to prevent becoming a target for crimes such as this one.
“Displaying a lot of jewelry, or money, or letting people know that you’ve ran into some money, you want to be careful because people might want to take advantage of that and victimize you,” Gould said.
Police described the two suspects as follows:
- Suspect 1: Black man in his 30’s, standing approximately 5-foot-10 with a thick build
- Suspect 2: Hispanic man, also in his 30’s, approximately 6-foot-1 with a thin build
Police said both men were wearing dark-colored shirts and masks. After searching the home, the suspects fled in a silver or gray SUV, possibly a Nissan Murano.
“The nature of these crimes are significant enough, where we’re going to give them all the attention we can,” Gould said.
Police said the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (401) 333-1111.