Two men invade home, demand purse

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Two men, one wielding a knife, broke down the door to a South Brittain Street home and demanded the victim’s purse Monday night, Shelbyville police said.

The victim told Officer Darrian Lanier she was in bed watching television around 9:15 p.m. when she heard a “loud noise” from a door.

She said two men appeared, one armed with what she described as a “peeling knife,” and demanded her purse. The armed man, described as blonde, white, approximately 130 pounds and slim, wearing a gray scarf and gray trench coat-like jacket, went to another room while a second man, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing approximately 200-225 pounds and wearing a ski mask, took the purse.

The armed man returned, “brandished” the knife toward the victim and asked if anyone else was present. The men then left the home. The woman was not physically harmed.

A ring worth approximately $5,000 and $100 cash were within the purse, police were told.

SPD tracking dog Trigger and handler Officer Brock Horner followed two trails, one leading to Kingree Road, without finding a suspect. Sgt. Tory Moore and Officer Josh Graves partially repaired the door to secure the home.

It was the second home invasion since last Friday, when two men, described by police as two white males, kicked in the door of an East Cedar Street home and demanded money and cell phones from a woman inside. Police didn’t directly comment when asked if the suspects are the same in both cases, but Detective Cody Swift said he was “following leads as we speak.”