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Masked men invade home

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013

{{{*}}}Three masked men, one of them armed with a knife, allegedly broke into a man’s home and assaulted him early Monday morning in Alvord.

The suspects stormed the residence in the 200 block of Wickham Street at around 3:30 a.m. The 39-year-old occupant awoke in the dark to find three men attacking him. The victim escaped serious injury.

It’s still unknown why they invaded his home and what, if anything, they stole.

“The victim fought back and was able to pull a mask off one of the men,” said Wise County Sheriff David Walker. “He’s been looking at photo lineups to try and identify him, but it’s difficult when you’re attacked in the dark in the middle of the night.”

Investigators are searching for clues and would welcome tips from the public.

“We don’t have a whole lot of information, and we’re hoping someone saw something,” Walker said. “These types of home invasions are happening way too frequently, and we’ll use as much manpower as it takes to put an end to it.”

They’ve also been working with law enforcement in Montague County on the case.

Anyone with any information about the crime or who might have seen the suspects in the area that night is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 940-627-5971 or contact Wise County Crime Stoppers hotline at 940-627-8477 or 800-643-8477.

This is the second home invasion in the past month. It didn’t take WCSO investigators long to track down three people who were allegedly involved in the Aug. 26 home invasion of an elderly man in rural south Wise County.

They arrested three suspects just days after they beat and bound a man before stealing guns and cash from the residence. A similar case happened about a year earlier in south Wise County. In that case the elderly victim eventually died as a result of the assault.

“In these last two cases, they knew the victim in some way,” Walker said. “These haven’t just happened at random.”

Walker added that his department has seen a 38 percent increase in violent crimes over the past year.

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