Police are investigating two armed home invasions that took place in the early hours of 2014 in Bridgeton.
The first was reported around midnight Wednesday on Station Hill Road.
"Its very peaceful, no I've never heard anything like this,” said neighborhood resident Tekowa Holland. “They go out and play all the time. I never once heard of nothing like this around this area."
"This is what everyone usually considers a safe neighborhood," said resident Kadejah Rainner. "It makes me want to put all bolts and locks on my door."
Two victims tell police four to five black men wearing ski masks made their way into their home. After one victim tried to flee and was assaulted, both were held at gunpoint while others searched the house and made off with $100 and a cell phone. In a neighborhood with many young children, the news is especially troubling.
"I really feel bad for the kids, there’s a lot of kids in the neighborhood as you can see the playground right here,” said Holland. “They come and they want to have fun and now there’s no more security now. There’s no more security, nobody is going to want their kids to be outside, everyone is going to be scared to be in their own house and it’s sad, it is."
Within walking distance of Station Hill Road, another armed home invasion took place on Irving Avenue, where residents we spoke with shared similar feelings of concern.
"Yeah its surprising, really surprising," said Dale Hayes. "It kind of gives you the chills thinking about that."
Victims told police before 3 am Wednesday that three armed black men in ski masks and black clothing entered a home where three adults and a child were home at the time. This time, two thousand dollars and two cell phones were taken.
"Its crazy cause it doesn't happen here," said resident Carmen Leon. "Its quiet, its basically just the traffic you hear, nothing like that."
Bridgeton detectives are still investigating the incidents and are asking residents with any information to come forward. You can do so by calling police or texting the anonymous tip line at tip-411.
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