Elyria neighborhoods on edge after violent home invasions

Posted at 4:01 PM, Sep 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-21 16:49:00-04

Elyria police believe two violent home invasions in the city this week are connected and they're looking for the three men behind them.

Deborah Roberts lives on Prospect Street near where one of the break-ins occurred.

"We've been bolting our doors and making sure it's double locked," Robert's said.

According to police, two men busted into her neighbor's house, where they hit the owner with a gun, threatened his life and demanded money.

"He's pretty swollen, he's pretty beat up, but seems to be ok, thank gosh," Roberts said.

The incidents have put a typically quiet family neighborhood on lockdown and high alert.  "It's scary," she said.

Elyria Captain Chris Costantino told News 5 the incident on Pasadena Avenue was similar, but with three men instead of two demanding cash.

"Again, threatened them, threatened to kill him. Took him to the kitchen, knocked him down, hit him with a of the suspects put his knee in his neck, threatened to kill him if he didn't get money," Costantino said.

News 5 talked to the man, the cuts on his face still healing, but was too shaken up to go on camera, especially with the 3 men still out there.

Captain Costantino told News 5 hopefully that's not the case for long, "These are some very dangerous individuals. They need to be taken off the street before they seriously hurt somebody."

Deborah Roberts agreed.

"I hope they are caught and I hope they've got everything coming to them because it's scary. They don't know what they do to a family's security," Robert's said.

Elyria police are actively investigating.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department at 440-323-3302.