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Chester police investigating 'home invasion'

October 2, 2012
By STEPHEN HUBA - For The Weirton Daily Times ( , Weirton Daily Times

CHESTER - Chester police are investigating what is being described as a home invasion that took place late Monday night.

A Chester resident, described as a Hispanic male, was injured but refused treatment after three armed, masked men entered his second-floor apartment at 598 Carolina Ave. and apparently hit him with a baseball bat, police Chief Ken Thorn said.

Thorn would not release the victim's name pending positive identification.

The suspects, also described as Hispanic men, were carrying two handguns and a baseball bat, Thorn said. They incapacitated the victim and took cash and other items from the residence, located above a tattoo parlor, he said.

The suspects fled the area in a vehicle, possibly a 2000, or later, red Honda Civic, Thorn said.

"We have some good leads that we're following up on," Thorn said. "I'm still confident there'll be some activity on this."

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Thorn said an armed home invasion is "definitely out of the norm" for the normally quiet community of Chester.

The police department got the call around 9:30 p.m. Monday, but responding officers had to overcome some communication difficulties, Thorn said.

The 911 call, apparently made from a cell phone, initially went to Columbiana County, which then transferred it to the West Virginia State Police.

The call came in as a robbery on 598 Carol Street, but there is no such street in Chester, Thorn said. Officers then began checking all 598 addresses, he said.

Because the victim speaks Spanish, officers also required a translator to assist with the investigation, Thorn said.

Thorn said the victim suffered injuries to the head and upper body but refused transport to the hospital. His two roommates were not home at the time of the incident.

"We approached the rear of the building and found the victim standing there with his two friends out in the driveway," Thorn said.

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